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MARCH / APRIL 2015 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
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Artists
Kathleen Humphrey
, Nettie
Fowler
Singer and
actress Kathleen
Humphrey last
performed with
the Minnesota
Orchestra in the
Mozart Requiem,
conducted by Osmo
Vänskä; she also sang at Orchestra Hall
in Mahler’s
Resurrection
Symphony under
the baton of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski in
Elegy
, the tribute concert presented by
the Twin Cities arts community after the
September 11 attacks.
Minnesota:
A highlight of Humphrey’s
many Minnesota Opera roles was singing
in the world premiere of
Doubt
, creating
the roles of Sister Veronica and Mrs.
Shields. She has also appeared with
Theatre Latté Da, Skylark Opera, Guthrie
Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres,
Children’s Theatre Company, Theatre de
la Jeune Lune and Saint Paul Chamber
Orchestra.
Riley McNutt
, Jigger Craigin
Riley McNutt,
now welcomed
for his Minnesota
Orchestra debut,
recently appeared
in
La Cage Aux Folles
at the Bloomington
Theatre and Art
Center, where he has also been seen as
Marius in
Les Misérables
and as Ernst
Ludwig in
Cabaret
.
Previously:
McNutt has performed with
the Minnesota Opera in
The Magic Flute
,
La Fanciulla del West
and the premiere
of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning
Silent Night
. His credits also include
performances with Skylark Opera and
the Ordway Theater in productions such
as
Candide
,
Wonderful Town
and
Beauty
and the Beast
.
Penelope Freeh
, choregrapher,
Louise
Penelope Freeh is
an award-winning
dancer and
choreographer who
has choreographed
many Minnesota
Orchestra
productions over
the past 15 years, including
La Création
du Monde
,
Carmen
,
The Firebird
,
La
Traviata
and
The Rite of Spring
. She
has twice received both a McKnight
Artist Fellowship for Choreographers
and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist
Initiative Grant, as well as a SAGE
award for Outstanding Performer and a
McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers.
Of interest:
For 17 years Freeh danced
for James Sewell Ballet, where she also
held the post of artistic associate for five
years. With Jocelyn Hagen she co-created
a chamber dance opera,
Test Pilot
, that
premiered on the O’Shaughnessy Women
of Substance series.
Gary Briggle
, Mr. Bascombe/
Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon
Gary Briggle, a
versatile singer,
actor, director and
educator, debuted
with the Minnesota
Orchestra in March
2014, narrating
comments of
Edward Elgar during a performance of
the
Enigma
Variations.
Currently:
He recently appeared in
productions of
The Threepenny Opera
at Frank Theater;
Winesburg, Ohio
at
Nautilus Music-Theater;
Candide
at
Skylark Opera;
Broadway Songbook
and
A Christmas Story
at the Ordway; and
Dead Man Walking
at Dayton Opera. He
will appear in the Ordway’s upcoming
productions of both
Damn Yankees
and
The Pirates of Penzance
.
Of interest:
Briggle has performed or
directed with several companies across
the country; in academia he has headed
opera and musical theater departments.
Vera Mariner
, Mrs. Mullin
Singer, actor and
narrator Vera
Mariner has
appeared regularly
with the Minnesota
Orchestra, giving
memorable
portrayals of the
Witch in
Hansel and Gretel
and appearing
in Grieg’s
Peer Gynt
, Bernstein’s
Mass
and
Candide
and other works. She has also
performed with major orchestras across the
U.S., including those of Boston, Cleveland
and Philadelphia.
Theater, film:
Mariner, a versatile actor,
is an active member of the Twin Cities
theater community, and has appeared
in widely ranging roles with the Guthrie
Theater, Children’s Theatre Company
and many additional companies. In film,
she has done both on-camera work and
voice-overs.
Of interest:
Mariner is a nationally
recognized photographer whose work
has been exhibited in galleries and has
won awards.
Matthew Keefe
, Louise’s Friend
Matthew Keefe
has been active
in dance for more
than 20 years, as
a dancer, teacher,
choreographer,
administrator,
production/stage
manager, consultant, board member and
artistic director. He has been a member
of companies including James Sewell
Ballet, Louisville Ballet and BalletMet
Columbus and has been a guest artist
with major opera and dance companies
nationwide. He has also choreographed
extensively for professional and student
ensembles.
Non-profit work:
He held various
leadership positions while serving six
years on the board of Dance/USA. In
another recent post, as artistic and school
director of the Rockford Dance Company,
he increased enrollment and created
innovative productions.
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