Music Selections


Resident Artist Showcase


Finding Ophelia

Leah Brzyski, soprano
Celeste Marie Johnson, pianist
Emily Bishai, violist


Music by André Previn (1929-2019)


from Poèmes d’automne
Music by Gabriel Dupont (1878-1914)
Poem by Jean-Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891)


“La mort d’ Ophélie”
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Poem by Ernest Legouvé (1807-1903)


“Ophelia’s Mine Rhyme”
Poem by Mia Athey


“Ophelia’s Song”
Music by Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
Text by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


Music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
Text by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


“A Letter to the Patriarchy”
Poem by Mia Athey


Songs & Sonnets to Ophelia
Music by Jake Heggie (b. 1961)


Life’s Essence

Allen Michael Jones, bass
Allen Perriello, pianist


Poem by Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)


“To My Little Son”
Music by Florence B. Price (1887-1953)
Words by Julia Johnson Davis


“Mother to Son”
Poem by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)


“God Bless the Child”
Song by Billie Holiday (1915-1959) and Arthur Herzog Jr. (1900-1983)
Arranged by Allen Michael Jones


“As I Grow Older”
Poem by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)


“Oh, Freedom”
Featuring DeeDee Rodgers, David Fuller, and Priscilla Tennant
Traditional Spiritual
Arranged by Allen Michael Jones


“Lines Written in Early Spring”
Poem by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)


“Hello, my son”
from Blue
Music by Jeanine Tesori (b. 1961)
Libretto by Tazewell Thompson (b. 1948)


“April Rain Song”
Poem by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)


“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Music by William M. Runyan (1870-1957)
Words by Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960)
Arranged by Jack Schrader (b. 1942)


“O Autumn, Autumn!”
Poem by Effie Lee Newsome (1885-1979)


“Danny Boy”
Traditional melody, “Londonberry Air”
Lyrics by Frederic Weatherly (1848-1929)
Arranged by Allen Michael Jones


“A Sunset of a City”
Poem by Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)


“Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”
From Rückert-Lieder
Music by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Poem by Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866)


Peace for the Weary Heart

Celeste Marie Johnson, pianist
Leah Brzyski, soprano
Allen Michael Jones, voiceover artist
Emily Bishai, outdoor videographer


“Troubled Water”
Based on the spiritual “Wade in the Water”
Music by Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)


“The Peace of Wild Things”
Poem by Wendell Berry (b. 1934)


“Songs of Fields and Prairies”
Music by Jocelyn Hagen (b. 1980)


Poem by David Wagoner (b. 1926)


“A Hermit Thrush at Eve”
Music by Amy Beach (1867-1944)


Self-Love: My Remedy in the Pandemic

Mia Athey, mezzo-soprano
Allen Perriello, pianist


“It Won’t Be Long Now”
from In the Heights
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (b. 1980)


“Olga’s Aria”
from Eugene Onegin
Music and Libretto by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)


“I Didn’t Plan It”
from Waitress
Words and Music by Sara Bareilles (b. 1979)


“This Journey”
from Dead Man Walking
Music by Jake Heggie (b. 1961)
Libretto by Terrence McNally (1938-2020)


“Defying Gravity”
from Wicked
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (b. 1948)


“Una voce poco fa”
from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Music by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1968)
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini (1784-1831)


“Way Back to Paradise”
from Marie Christine
Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (b. 1962)


“Sein wir wieder gut”
from Ariadne auf Naxos
Music by Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929)


from Hamilton
Words and Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda (b. 1980)


“Go Figure”
from Blue
Music by Jeanine Tesori (b.1961)
Libretto by Tazewell Thompson (b. 1948)


“I’m Here”
from The Color Purple
Words and Music by Brenda Russell (b. 1949),
Allee Willis (1947-2019), and Stephen Bray (b. 1956)



Aaron Keeney, baritone
Allen Perriello, pianist


“Sed diabolus”
Music and Text by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)


from Foursquare Cathedral
Music by Matt Boehler
Words by Todd Boss (b. 1968)


“In Explanation”
Music by Caia Aarup (1868-1928)
Words by Walter Learned (1847-1915)


“I hear an army”
Music by Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Words by James Joyce (1882-1941)


“Satan’s Soliloquy”
from Paradise Lost
Poem by John Milton (1608-1647)


Music by Kristin Kuster (b. 1973)
Poetry by Megan Levad


“Night Song”
from Nightsongs
Music by H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932)
Poem by Clarissa Scott Delany (1901-1927)


from Sweeney Todd
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930)


“Joe’s Confession”
from Dead Man Walking
Music by Jake Heggie (b. 1961)
Libretto by Terrence McNally (1938-2020)


“Sed diabolus”
Music and Text by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)


A Couch Cabaret

Joseph Leppek, tenor
Celeste Marie Johnson, pianist


Music by Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)


“My White Knight”
from The Music Man
Words and Music by Meredith Willson (1902-1984)


“A Wonderful Guy”
from South Pacific
Music by Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)


from Pal Joey
Music by Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart (1895-1943)


from Once Upon a Mattress
Music by Mary Rodgers (1931-2014)
Lyrics by Marshall Barer (1923-1998)


“Vanilla Ice Cream”
from She Loves Me
Music by Jerry Bock (1928-2010)
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick (b. 1924)


from Show Boat
Music by Jerome Kern (1885-1945)
Lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)


“I Hate Men”
from Kiss Me, Kate
Words and Music by Cole Porter (1891-1964)


“Maybe This Time”
from Cabaret
Music by John Kander (b. 1927)
Lyrics by Fred Ebb (1928-2004)


“Toothbrush Time”
Music by William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Poem by Arnold Weinstein (b. 1940)


“The Man I Love”
from Lady, Be Good
Music by George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Words by Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)


Minnesota Opera Orchestra Musician Showcase


Allison Ostrander, Violin

Arches for solo violin (movements 4 and 5)
Kevin Puts (b.1972)


Rebecca Arons, Cello
Karrin Meffert-Nelson, Clarinet
Andrew Sun, Piano*

Paola Prestini (b.1975)


David Mickens, Violin
Brenda Mickens, Violin*
Timothy Strand, Piano*

“Intermezzo Sinfonica” from Cavalleria Rusticana
Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)


“Amazing Grace”
John Newton (1725-1807)
Arranged by Daniel Kallman (b.1956)


Minnesota Opera Orchestra Trombone Section
Philip Ostrander
John Tranter
David Stevens

“Total Eclipse”
from Samson
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Arranged by Allen Ostrander


“Sound an Alarm”
from Judas Maccabaeus
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Arranged by Allen Ostrander


Angela Waterman Hanson, Violin

Fantasia No. 7 for solo violin
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)


“A Fluter Aflutter”  

Michele Frisch, Flute
Kathy Kienzle, Harp*
Mary Jo Gothmann, Piano*

“Sweet Bird”
from Il Penserosa
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


“Dance of the Blessed Spirits”
from Orfeo ed Eurydice
Christoph Gluck (1714-1787)


Syrinx for solo flute
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)


from Thaïs
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)


Pan et les Oiseaux (Pan and the birds)
Jules Mouquet (1867-1946)


Matthew Barber, Marimba
Conor O’Brien, Violin
John Michael Smith, Bass
Andrew Sun, Piano*

Mikrokosmos, #152, #150, #153
Béla Bartok (1881-1945)
Arranged by John Jenson


Teresa Richardson, Cello

“Over the Rainbow”
from The Wizard of Oz
Harold Arlen (1905-1986) and Yip Harburg (1896-1981)


Laurie Petruconis, Violin
Elise Parker, Violin
Elizabeth Decker, Violin
Emilia Mettenbrink, Violin

L’Estro Armonico (The Harmonic Inspiration)
Concerto No. 10 in B minor for Four Violins, RV 580
1. Allegro
2. Largo – Larghetto
3. Allegro
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)




Allison Ostrander, Violin
Ivan Konev, Piano*

“Bess, You is My Woman Now”
from Porgy and Bess
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
transcribed by Jascha Heifitz (1901-1987)


Matthew Barber, Piano
Jill Dawe, Piano*

Excerpts from ‘Four Miniatures for Piano Four-Hands’

1. Promenade
2. Waltz
3. Tarantella

Matthew Barber





Natalia Moiseeva, Violin
Stella Branzburg Sick, Piano*

“Le Coucou”
Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)
Arranged by Joan Manén (1883-1971)


“Etude” – Staccato
Natalya Baklanova (1897-1980)


“Orientale” Op. 50, No. 9
Cesar Cui (1835-1918)


Mazurka “The Village Fiddler”, Op. 19, No. 2
Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)


“Chanson triste”
Vasily Kalinnikov (1866-1901)


Nina Olsen, Clarinet
Constance Martin, Bass

Benny’s Gig (selected movements)

1. Slow and Nostalgic
2. Brisk, with drive
6. Calypso Serenade
4. Brisk
5. Slowly
8. Jaunty

Morton Gould (1913-1996)





Kory Andry, Vibraphone
John Koopmann, Trumpet
Christopher Volpe, Trumpet

Gymnopédie No. 1
Erik Satie (1866-1925)


The Four Voices String Quartet
Allison Ostrander, Laurie Petruconis, Violin
Susan Janda, Viola
Rebecca Arons, Cello

Entr’acte and Valencia
Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)


*Guest Performer

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