Piano with Winds
April 13th, 2024
Christ United Methodist Church
April 13th, 2024
Christ United Methodist Church
Horacio Nuguid, piano
David Townsend, clarinet
Kay Sahlin, flute
Jenna McBride-Harris, horn
Cynthia Bailey, bassoon
Louis Spohr (1784-1859)
Quintet in C Minor for Piano and Winds, Op. 52
I. Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto con motto
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Quintet in B-flat Major for Piano and Winds, Op. Posthumous
I. Allegro con brio
III. Rondo: Allegretto
Our last concert of the season will feature works for piano and wind quartet. We welcome back guest artists Kay Sahlin, Jenna McBride-Smith and Cynthia Bailey together with our own David Townsend and Horacio Nuguid for a program of piano quintets by Spohr and Rimsky-Korsakov on April 13.
Horacio Nuguid is a pianist with an extensive repertoire whose “beautiful tone” and “elegance” has captivated audiences. In addition to several standard piano concerti, Nuguid has also performed lesser-known works such as Edward MacDowell’s Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Clara Schumann's Konzertsatz, Mario Pilati's Suite and Ferdinand Ries' Grand Variations on Rule Britannia with different orchestras in the Philippines, Mexico and the United States. As founder and artistic director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Nuguid has been collaborating with distinguished artists in the region for more than 22 seasons. He was the recipient of the Ardee Award for “outstanding artist” in the city of Rochester. Nuguid received his music performance degrees from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila (BM), the University of Northern Iowa (MM) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA). As a music educator, Dr. Nuguid has presented master classes internationally and served as an adjudicator for piano competitions in Minnesota. He has served as artist/faculty at the Young Artist World Piano Festival in Minnesota for over 20 years and has been a frequent guest artist of the Philippine High School for the Arts. Nuguid has recently published an anthology of piano pieces by Filipino composers, which he has been promoting through a series of lecture-recitals.
David Townsend is a clarinetist, educator, and woodwind repair technician. He was the principal clarinetist of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale for 32 years, and is a founding member of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, which began in 2003. His concerto performances include works of Mozart, Weber, Spohr, Bruch, Krommer, Molter, Hindemith, and Copland. His quintet performances include works by Mozart, Brahms, Reger, Reicha, and Hindemith. He has earned degrees from Indiana University, Michigan State University, and the University of Arizona, and has also studied chamber music at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. His primary teachers include John Denman, Rudolf Jettel, Keith Stein, Elsa Ludwig-Verdher, and Lawrence Maxey. After serving three years as a clarinetist and recitalist with the U.S. Army Band at West Point, New York, he subsequently taught at the college level for 13 years before turning to woodwind repair and restoration, a second career he pursued for 35 years. He is now retired and recognized as a master of restoration and repair that served musicians internationally. Also, he has continued as a free-lance musician and resides in Rochester, MN, with his wife, Jane.
Kay Sahlin, flute, retired from teaching flute at St. Olaf College in May of 2010 after having served on the music faculty for 31 years. A graduate of St. Olaf, her principal teachers have included Donald Berglund, whom she succeeded at St. Olaf, and Geoffrey Gilbert, whose mentorship later in her career was invaluable. Currently, Sahlin plays principal flute in the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra and flute in WindWorks woodwind quintet. In the spring of 2023, after almost 40 seasons, Kay retired from principal flute of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. She has served as principal flute of Philomusica, Minneapolis Chamber Symphony and the St. Louis Philharmonic, and performed as a substitute/extra player with the Minnesota Orchestra on both flute & piccolo for several years.
Jenna McBride-Harris, horn, enjoys a varied freelance career as a performer and educator in the Twin Cities. A proud Oregonian at heart, she left the Pacific Northwest to begin her musical studies at St. Olaf College where she is now Visiting Assistant Professor of Horn. After earning her bachelor of music degree, McBride-Harris continued an eastward migration to Ohio where she earned her masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and The Ohio State University respectively. In Ohio, she was a founding member in several active chamber ensembles, including a horn and harp duo called JPlaysH. She held positions as second horn in the Canton and Kentucky Symphony Orchestras and performed regularly with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra among others. Since relocating to the Twin Cities, she has enjoyed regular performances with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Outside of teaching and performing, Jenna enjoys gardening, baking, and the antics of her husband, two cats and six chickens.
Cindy Bailey (bassoon) has appeared on the Rochester Chamber Music Society stage before, most recently in November 2011. She holds a music performance and education degree from the University of Iowa, where she studied under Dr. Ronald Tyree. In Minneapolis she has studied with Norbert Nielubowski. She is principal bassoon in the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of WindWorks.
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