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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2015 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
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Ferdinand the Bull
a c t o r s / d a n c e r s
Francisco Benavides
Katia Cardenas
Maria Isable Gonzalez
Silvia Pontaza
Sheila Regan
Stephanie Ruas
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s
principal conductor of Live at Orchestra
Hall, has led a broad range of
programs since joining the Orchestra
as assistant conductor in 2006. This
season, in addition to conducting the
Inside the Classics series, she leads
staged performances of Rodgers and
Hammerstein’s
Carousel
, a concert
with trumpeter Chris Botti, a program
showcasing Italian music and more.
Recent, upcoming:
During 2014-15 she
makes return visits to the San Francisco
Symphony, Detroit Symphony and
Alabama Symphony, and she debuts
with the Santa Fe Symphony, Tokyo
Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, New
Jersey Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic
and Kansai Philharmonic. In 2011 she
toured with British rock icon Sting,
leading 31 concerts over two months in
venues throughout Europe.
Of interest:
Born in Tokyo and raised in
Honolulu, Hicks originally studied music
composition, receiving a degree from
Harvard University.
More:
minnesotaorchestra.org.
Arek Tesarczyk
, cello
Arek Tesarczyk, who joined the
Minnesota Orchestra in 2004, last took
center stage here as soloist in the 2010
premiere of Rautavaara’s Cello Concerto
No. 2,
Towards the Horizon
. Earlier this
season he performed in Tchaikovsky’s
string sextet
Souvenir de Florence
as part
of the new post-concert NightCap series.
Soloist:
Tesarczyk has presented a full
range of concertos as soloist with the
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Silesian
Chamber Orchestra, Orchesta Sinfonica
de Chile and Concert Artists of Baltimore.
Chamber music:
He has performed
numerous works on the Orchestra’s
chamber music series and plays often
with pianist Claudia Chen, his wife,
together giving recitals as far afield as
Canada, Chile and Poland. In addition,
he has performed at chamber music
festivals in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.
Background:
Born in Poland into a
family of musicians, he graduated with
honors from the Karol Szymanowski
School of Music, then earned two
diplomas at the Peabody Conservatory.
More:
minnesotaorchestra.org.
Stephen Yoakam
, narrator
Stephen Yoakam, a longtime member
of the Guthrie Theater acting company,
has appeared often with the Minnesota
Orchestra, including as narrator for
both Grieg’s
Peer Gynt
and Copland’s
Lincoln Portrait
, and as actor in Dvořák
performances at Carnegie Hall.
Local:
With the Guthrie he has appeared
in such productions as
Othello
,
An Iliad
,
A Delicate Balance
,
Oedipus
,
Blue/Orange
,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
,
King Lear
,
The Three Sisters
and
The History Plays
,
among others. A founding member of
Mixed Blood Theatre, he most recently
appeared there in
Colossal.
Regional:
Across the country he has
appeared at the Goodman Theater in
Chicago, A Contemporary Theater in
Seattle, the Arizona Theater Company,
and the Arena Stage and Kennedy Center
in Washington, D.C. He has narrated
several Beyond the Score programs with
the Des Moines Symphony.
Film, television:
He appeared in the
movies
Wildrose
,
Heaven on Earth
,
Sweet
Land
and
Older Than America,
and on
TV’s
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
.
More:
minnesotaorchestra.org.
Teatro del Pueblo
Alberto Justiniano
, artistic director
Teatro del Pueblo—the Upper Midwest’s only professional Latino theatre with both an
established touring and artistic main stage program—was founded in 1992 by a group of
Latino artists and community members on the west side of Saint Paul, in the heart of the
city’s Latino population.
Activities:
The company produces Latino-inspired work that blends traditional Latin
American theatrical expression with the Latino bicultural experience. It has also provided
training opportunities for Latino talent through workshops and productions.
Mission:
Teatro del Pueblo promotes cultural pride in the Latino community, develops
and supports Latino talent, and educates the community at large about Latino culture and
promoting cultural diversity in the arts.
More:
teatrodelpueblo.org.
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