Minneapolis, MN, December 09, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- To ring in the new year, the Minnesota Sinfonia will feature American pianist, Andrew Staupe, an internationally lauded soloist hailed for his compelling virtuosity and poetic lyricism by audiences and critics alike. Mr. Staupe has earned prizes in a number of competitions, including with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has performed extensively across the United States and Europe, appearing in Russia, Holland, Latvia, Romania, France, Germany, and Bulgaria. He will join the Minnesota Sinfonia January 6th and 7th for a performance of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto Number 7 in B Flat, K. 595”.
Also on the program are Mona Lyn Reese’s “Gusts of Snow” and Modeste Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.
Concerts will be held 7 p.m. Friday, January 6 at Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University, 700 East 7th Street, St. Paul and at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 7 at the Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 17th Street North, Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early - all concerts are first-come, first-seated.
This season Andrew Staupe appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, performing Mozart’s 2-piano concerto K. 365 with renowned pianist, and former teacher, Lydia Artymiw. He made his Moscow debut in February of 2011, and performed Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Shepherd School Symphony in March 2011. He was a guest artist at the 2010 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and performed with acclaimed violinist Chee-Yun at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Since 2005 Andrew has been consistently re-engaged with the Minnesota Orchestra, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with conductors Osmo Vänskä , Andrew Litton, Mischa Santora, and Daniel Alfred Wachs. An avid chamber musician, Staupe has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Chee-Yun, Martin Chalifour, Anne Martindale Wililams, James Dunham, Leone Buyse, and Norman Fischer. For a full bio, please visit the Minnesota Sinfonia website.
Additional Minnesota Sinfonia concert information is available at 612-871-1701 or www.mnsinfonia.org.
The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra whose mission is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia plays concerts for over 25,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, offering all concerts free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance, and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools. Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, the Minnesota Sinfonia is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors. For more information, to make a donation, or for a list of upcoming performances, visit www.mnsinfonia.org or call 612-871-1701.
For Calendars: Minnesota Sinfonia Winter Concert Series II: featuring Andrew Staupe, piano. Friday, January 6, 7pm at Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University at 700 East 7th Street, St. Paul and Saturday, January 7, 2pm at Basilica of Saint Mary at 88 17th Street North, Minneapolis. Free. 612.871.1701. www.mnsinfonia.org