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Ooh-la-la! Virtuoso cellist headlines ‘French Night at the Symphony’
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony,
conducted by Northern State University’s Dr. Robert Vodnoy, will conclude its 93rd season with a “French Night” featuring virtuoso cellist Dr. Wesley Baldwin.
 

The April 20 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The week will also include a recital on April 18 in NSU’s newly renovated Krikac Auditorium and visits to the Aberdeen and Watertown public schools. Baldwin’s residency is sponsored by the Aberdeen American News. The concert, titled “Ooh-la-la! French Night at the Symphony,” includes popular music from Broadway and the movies, as well as opera and the symphonic repertoire.
 
Prize-winning cellist Baldwin is professor of cello at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He holds degrees from Yale College, the New England Conservatory and the University of Maryland. At the April 20 concert, Baldwin will perform French composer Édouard Lalo’s “Cello Concerto in D Minor.” The concert will open with a medley from Cole Porter’s brilliant musical “Can-Can.” The second half of the program opens with a medley from “Les Misérables.”
 

“The performance will be a great ‘hors d’oeuvre’ for NSU’s production of the complete musical next year!” Vodnoy said. “The orchestra is chomping at the bit to play this fabulous score.”
 

 

Pre-concert conversation at Berggren

There will be a pre-concert conversation with Baldwin and Vodnoy at 6 p.m. in Berggren Recital Hall. Tickets for the concert may be purchased in advance at Engel Music in downtown Aberdeen. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. The night of the concert, tickets will be available at the box office, which opens at 6 p.m. and is located in the JFAC lobby. For more information, contact the NSU School of Fine Arts Office at 605-626-2497.
 

 

April 18 chamber music at Krikac

At 7:30 p.m. April 18, Baldwin will be joined by Vodnoy and pianist
Jaime Namminga for an evening of chamber music. The program will open with “Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello,” which Vodnoy composed in 1967. Next, Baldwin will perform Vivaldi’s “Concerto in E Minor” for cello and strings, accompanied by the strings of the symphony. In the second half of the program, Baldwin, Vodnoy and Namminga will perform Beethoven’s “Piano Trio in B-Flat Major (Archduke).”
 

Namminga received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Sioux Falls.  She received her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is currently a full-time lecturer and faculty accompanist at Valley City State University, N.D., and is also part of the adjunct faculty at Jamestown College, N.D.
 

This recital will be the first full music recital presented in the newly renovated Krikac Auditorium by the NSU music department. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors. Students are admitted free.
 

April 17 workshop in Watertown
On Wednesday, April 17, the Watertown High School orchestra will host Baldwin and student members of the symphony for a string workshop and concert. The day-long workshop will conclude with a concert at 2 p.m. at the Goss Opera House.
 
 
April 19 workshop in Aberdeen
On Friday, April 19, Aberdeen Central High School will host Baldwin and student symphony members for a similar string workshop and concert. CHS orchestra conductor Karen Anderson is a symphony member. The daylong workshop will conclude with a concert at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium, which will be attended by the middle school orchestras.
 

Symphony fundraiser raffle
The Ward Plaza Hotel has donated a two-night stay as a fundraiser for the symphony. Raffle tickets will be one for $5 or three for $10, and the winning ticket will be drawn during the April 20 concert. Tickets will be sold at Northern events leading up to the concert, in the NSU Student Center and at local businesses. Contact NSU student Alisha Luymes, alisha.luymes@wolves.northern.edu, with questions.
 

For more information, visit the orchestra’s website, www.aberdeensymphony.org.
 
 
ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY/CIVIC SYMPHONY PERSONNEL

Violin I                                                    
 
Lindsey Fluharty#            Prior Lake, Minn.
Nancy Ohnstad                 Aberdeen
Katarzyna Jedeluk           Chicago, Ill.
Andy Johnson                   Aberdeen
Gregg Magera                   Aberdeen
Timothy Woods                Aberdeen
Violin II
Teresa Witteman#          Aberdeen
Joseph Weseloh               Watertown
Alexis Doerr                       Aberdeen
Shari Theroux                    Aberdeen
Xin Wang                             Beijing, China
Sookyoung Park               Seoul, South Korea
Viola
Brady Haar#                       Aberdeen
Meagan Teply                   Aberdeen
Josh Opp                             Aberdeen
Jamie Stadel                       Aberdeen
Cello
Stuart Davidson#             Crocker
Natasha Tharp                   Watertown
Karen Anderson               Aberdeen
Taylor Johnson                  Aberdeen
John Wieland                     Aberdeen
Rebecca Fahey                  Spearfish
Bass
Josh Kimball#                    Aberdeen
Tyler Cope                          Onida
Flute and Piccolo
Charity Ost#                       Aberdeen
Steve Zimoski                    Mobridge
Allison Keller                      Bismarck, N.D.
Oboe and English horn
Christel Kellar#                  Aberdeen
Frederic J.B. Hemke        Aberdeen (English horn)
Clarinet
Charlotte Mallard#             Huron
John Patzlaff                         Platte
Bass clarinet
Rebecca Fahey                  Spearfish
Bassoon              
Anna Dzieweczynski#    Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Michelle Mennis              Wahpeton, N.D.
Saxophone
Derek VanDenTop           Canton
Carl Mathwig                     Waconia, Minn.
Horn
Ginny Lewis#                     Aberdeen
Jaime Kessler                     Jamestown
Brandon Sieck                   Onida 
Gretchen Sharp                   Bath
Trumpet
Amanda Wentz#              Bismarck, N.D.
Hillary Sward                      Dell Rapids
Calvin Cramer                    Buffalo
Alec Nelson                        Jamestown, N.D.
Trombone
Justin Kones#                    Aberdeen
Delayna LaBelle                Sturgis
Tyler Schwan                     Minot, N.D.
Tuba
Robert Conrad                  Sioux Falls
Piano
Nicole Merriman              Pierre
Harp
Callie Berg Stadem          Sioux Falls
Timpani and Percussion
Carrie Pospishil           Yankton
Luke Bergjord             Aberdeen
Librarian and Graduate Assistant
Katarzyna Jedeluk           Chicago, Ill.
Piano Technician
Stuart Davidson                Crocker