April 7, 2018| 7:30 PM
Sponsor: Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC)
Enjoy the wonderful combination of clarinet, cello and piano in this program featuring works by Weber, Debussy and Brahms.
Pianist Horacio Nuguid has collaborated as soloist with various orchestras such as the Manila Symphony, Rochester Symphony, St. Cloud Symphony, Austin Symphony and the Southwest Minnesota Symphony in the performances of some of the standard concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Ravel and Rachmaninov among others. More recently, he gave premiere performances of the Konzertsatz in F Minor by Clara Schumann and Suite for Piano and Strings by Mario Pilati with the YAWPF Orchestra in St. Paul and Orquesta de Camara de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. As founder and artistic director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Nuguid performs in recitals regularly both as a piano soloist and collaborator with distinguished artists and ensembles in the region. He received his music degrees from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nuguid currently resides in Rochester and is the recipient of the 2014 Ardee Award for “outstanding artist.”
David Townsend, clarinet, is a soloist, 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 concert 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-Verdehr, 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 34 years. He is now retired and recognized as a master of restoration and repair that served musicians internationally. Also, he has continued to maintain his teaching with selected students and resides in Rochester with his wife, Jane.
Cellist Stephen Pelkey was most recently the artistic director of Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras (SEMYO), where he was also conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra. He has already performed in several venues throughout the Rochester area. Dr. Pelkey is a member of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and has worked with Maestro Lance on outreach concerts with the students in the Rochester Public and surrounding area schools. He has many years of teaching experience in public schools, from third grade through the university level. He recently retired from the North Kansas City School District where he taught for 13 years, and before that taught in Houston, Texas area schools. Dr. Pelkey earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University (Illinois), his masters at Yale University and his doctorate at the University of Texas in Houston. All three degrees were in cello performance.