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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE
Artists
oct
16, 17
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Profile appears on page 12.
Andrew Staupe
, piano
St. Paul native Andrew Staupe has
drawn acclaim for his solo and recital
performances in the U.S. and abroad.
In his most recent appearance at
Orchestra Hall, he performed Mozart’s
Concerto for Two Pianos alongside
pianist Lydia Artymiw, with whom he
studied at the University of Minnesota.
Orchestra:
He has soloed with such
prominent ensembles as the San Diego
Symphony, Houston Symphony and
Indianapolis Symphony.
Recitals, chamber:
Staupe recently
debuted at the La Jolla Sommerfest as a
member of the Pegasus Trio. He has also
performed in such distinguished venues
as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw
in Amsterdam, Rachmaninov Hall in
Moscow, the Kennedy Center and the
Library of Congress.
one-minute notes
Strauss: Suite for Winds
Strauss was just 20 when he wrote this gem, an early proof of his mastery of form and his abundant wit and charm.
Strauss:
Burleske
The
Burleske
alternates between graceful dancing and wild, careening virtuosics, always on the cusp of breaking into
a waltz. The piano finds an unlikely partner in the timpani, which makes key appearances throughout.
Strauss:
Metamorphosen
The pain Strauss felt over the annihilation of German culture during World War II found expression in this work, which
includes misty references to the music of Beethoven and Wagner.
Strauss:
Death and Transfiguration
This emotional tone poem explores the themes of life, death and the transmigration of the human soul. A dying man,
his irregular heartbeat heard in the timpani, fondly recalls his childhood; a rising figure symbolizes fulfillment, the
completion of his life’s path.
New music:
He has premiered solo
and chamber works by Sarah Kirkland
Snider, Christopher Walczak, Christopher
Goddard, Karl Blench and Anthony
Brandt.
Awards:
Among his honors is first prize
in Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra’s
Young Artist Competition in 2006.
Education:
He is now completing his
doctorate in piano performance at Rice
University with Jon Kimura Parker.
More:
gingarts.com, andrewstaupe.com.
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