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The recital and roast will feature short stories and reminiscences from a number of Jimís students, friends, and family. The stories will be touching, amusing, and occasionally surprising, even for him. All together, they will paint a picture of what made life in an around the orchestra so special over the last 25 years, and demonstrate why so many people are willing to come together to celebrate the group, Jimís career, and the effect the two combined to have on those around them.
The recital program is not yet finalized, but it will feature solo alumni performances from pianist Greg Anderson (2000), who currently studies at The Julliard School, violinist Erik Carlson (1998), who also studies at Julliard, violinist Marlena Chow (1996), who is a member of the Naples (Fla.) Philharmonic, and trumpeter Dan Fretland (1993), who directs the band program at Thomas Jefferson High School in Bloomington, Minn. The recital will also feature a solo violin performance by Steven Hainlen, Jimís youngest son, who will graduate from Stillwater Area High School in May.
All tickets are $10. Reserved advance purchase tickets are now SOLD OUT for this performance. A limited number of general admission overflow and returned tickets will be available at the door one hour before the performance.
Trumpeter Dan Fretland graduated from Stillwater in 1993 and completed his B.A. in Trumpet Performance and Music Education at the University of Minnesota. Dan is a substitute with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra and has been a featured soloist with the Minnesota Contemporary ensemble Dan is an active freelance trumpeter in the Twin Cities area and is currently the Director of Bands at Thomas Jefferson High School in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Violinist Marlena Chow currently performs in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida where she has been a member since 2001. She also plays in the Santa Fe Opera during the summers. Previously, she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.
After graduating from SAHS in 1996, Marlena moved to Boston where she received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance degree at the New England Conservatory where she studied with Malcolm Lowe, the Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
As soloist, Marlena has appeared with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO, the New World Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis.
A prolific chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Naples Philharmonic, at the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals, and at the Musicorda Summer String Program. Marlena has also been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and the Headwaters Music Festival.
Violinist Erik Carlson graduated from Stillwater in 1998. He now lives in New York, where his is finishing Master's Degree at The Juilliard School. He performs with many ensembles, and last year became a member of Vision Into Art, whose performances combine contemporary music, spoken word, dance, and film. He has had his own compositions performed in New York and Stillwater, and recently had a play produced in California. In his spare time he enjoys long walks. This summer, he will perform at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.
Pianist Greg Anderson graduated from Stillwater in 2000 and has performed extensively throughout North America, Spain, and Japan as soloist and chamber musician. He has soloed with such orchestras as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Aspen Concert Orchestra, the New Millennium Orchestra in Spain, and the Minnesota Sinfonia, and recently performed solo recitals in New York, California, Georgia, Minnesota, and Colorado. Mr. Anderson has been featured on National Public Radio, performing on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and From the Top with Christopher O'Riley. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with violinist Karen Gomyo and toured in America and Japan.
Anderson has won top prizes in numerous competitions including the Clara Wells National Scholarship Auditions, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Lee National Piano Competition, the MTNA-Yamaha Piano Competition, and the Schubert Club Piano Competition. Also a composer, he was named the Minnesota Music Educators Association 1999 Composer of the Year and has been a winner in the Juilliard Composition Contests.
Anderson was a student of Kim Craig for eleven years at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, in addition to studies with Aiko Onishi in California. He has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Keyboard Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and Pianofest in the Hamptons. Currently he is an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School where he studies with Julian Martin.
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