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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE
Christina Baldwin
, vocals
Christina Baldwin is familiar to Minnesota
Orchestra audiences for her numerous
appearances
as Hansel in
Humperdinck’s
Hansel and Gretel
;
her additional
performances here
include singing the
role of Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’
Die
Fledermaus
at Sommerfest 2014.
Local:
A fixture on the Twin Cities’ opera
and theater scene, Baldwin performs often
at the Guthrie Theater and for nearly 10
years collaborated regularly with Theatre
de la Jeune Lune. She now serves as artistic
associate, music director and performer with
the Moving Company. She has been also
featured on
A Prairie Home Companion
.
National:
She has performed with
companies from Berkeley to Cambridge,
and she has lent her voice to animated
short films by Rosto A.D.
More:
christina-baldwin.com,
themovingco.org.
Robb Asklof
, vocals
Tenor Robb Asklof, who in recent seasons
has often performed with the Minnesota
Orchestra, last appeared at Orchestra Hall
as Alfred in Strauss’
Die Fledermaus
at
Sommerfest 2014. He
has also sung at four
previous Scandinavian
Christmas programs.
Performances:
Locally he has been heard with the
Minnesota Opera and Skylark Opera,
while across the U.S. he has performed
with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,
Cincinnati Opera, Florida Symphony
Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony
Orchestra, Orlando Opera, and Santa
Fe Opera. He has also performed at the
Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.
Roles:
Among his roles have been Hot
Biscuit Slim in Britten’s
Paul Bunyan
,
Alfredo in Verdi’s
La Traviata
, Ernesto in
Mozart’s
Don Pasquale
, Captain Richard
Warrington in Herbert’s
Naughty Marietta
and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s
Don Giovanni
.
Patrick Harison
, accordion
Button accordionist Patrick Harison is
adept at performing in many settings. He
debuted with the
Minnesota Orchestra
in 2012 as a soloist
at a “Springtime
in Paris” concert
conducted by
Sarah Hicks.
Performances:
He has performed solos
with the Florida Orchestra, North Carolina
Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic,
Minnesota Opera Orchestra and other
notable ensembles. He has also performed
nationally alongside trumpeter and
bandleader Doc Severinsen. Active in
jazz and folk idioms as well, he performs
regularly with groups from New York,
New Orleans and Minneapolis. He has
appeared internationally at jazz events
including the New Orleans Jazz and
Heritage Festival, Fête de la Musique and
the Veracruz Jazz Festival.
Honor:
In 2009 Harison received a
McKnight Fellowship for Performing
Musicians.
More:
patrickharison.com.
Twin Cities Girls Chorus
Stefanie Fiser
, artistic director
Molly Enter
, associate conductor
Erica Mauter
, executive director
The Twin Cities Girls Chorus, founded
in 2007, includes singers in grades 2
through 12 from throughout the Twin
Cities metro area. It has sung in the
Minnesota Orchestra’s Scandinavian
Christmas concerts since 2009. Each year
it performs two major concerts and takes
part in several additional collaborative
performance opportunities. The Girls
Chorus is a program of the Twin Cities
Women’s Choir.
More:
tcgirlschorus.org.
Sam Amidon
Adri Arquin
Davyd Barchuk
Aedan Barnes
Andrew Barnes
Jack Barrett
Torstein Baxter-Zink
Will Byrd
Cormac Calcaterra
Joseph Caswell
Bjorn Christ
Colin Clark-Bracewell
Eli Conrod-Wovcha
Michael Dalsin
Jackson Deering
Seth Dickerson
Will Dusek
Leo Dworsky
Jacob Engdahl
Judah Falcon
Gregory Forsberg
Bennett Gilson
Adam Gips
Colin Graham
Henry Hansen
William Hanson
Christian Hedin
Luke Henson
Nathaniel Horwath
Noah Hoska
Jackson Humes
Andrej Humiston
Finn Jackson
Sam Kellar-Long
Aidan Kimberley
Jacob Kimberley
Evan Kraft
William Langason
Minkai Li
Anders Lien
Sawyer Massey
Felix McNally
Noah Miller
Charlie Moonen
Quintin Moothedan
Ryan Moothedan
Quinn Morrissey
Augustus Nelson
Keegan Nelson
Timothy Nelson
Charles Nykamp
Daniel Nykamp
Will Pickart
Orison Piper
Charles Potjer
Thomas Pribbenow
Tommy Ricker
Henry Roach
Aaron Ropers-
Huilman
Ethan Schaner
Ben Schneider
Colton Seekins
Dexter Skahill
Sam Skinner
Isaac Sommerfeldt
Oliver Swanson
Per Swenson
Kieran Ulbee
Isaac Verdoorn
Charlie Wells
Christopher Williams
Noah Yager
Elijah Zupfer
Julianna Allen
Sophie Armstrong
Kyra Curry-Wynne
Sage Curry-Wynne
Sigrid Davidson
Hadley Dobish
Gillian Earthman
Lucy Emery
Abby Engdahl
Carmen Heimpel
Julia Jacobs
Nina Kilgriff
Anna Manson
Anna Mulhern
Emily Mulhern
Gracia Seeley
Honora Smith
Shannon Voelkel
A Scandinavian Christmas
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Joseph Claesgens
Matthew LaCourse
Sydney Lefevre
Victoria Piorek Nett
Tyrone Schenk
Kjersti Vevle
Minnesota Boychoir
Mark S. Johnson
, artistic director
Mark Abelsen
, assistant director
Todd Price
, accompanist
The Minnesota Boychoir, now in its 53rd
season, has appeared many times with the
Minnesota Orchestra in repertoire ranging
from
Hansel and Gretel
to
Carmina burana
.
The Boychoir has traveled to five continents,
with recent tours including performances at
Sydney’s Opera House and the Vatican.
More:
boychoir.org.
Ethnic Dance Theatre
Donald LaCourse
, artistic director
Ethnic Dance Theatre, founded in 1974,
is the Upper Midwest’s only professional
dance company dedicated to performing and
preserving world music, song and dance.
In its mission to promote understanding of
world cultures, it has performed music and
dance from more than 50 cultures. Each year
it presents about 100 programs and hosts a
community dance party.
More:
ethnicdancetheatre.com.
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