Pianist readies performance of ‘prepared’ piano piece
Pianist David Shaffer-Gottschalk will perform John Cage’s Sonata and Interludes for Prepared Piano at 7:30 p.m. May 7 at Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.
The piece calls for the piano to be “prepared” by placing objects between the strings. Cage, who was influenced by Indian philosophy, wrote the music between 1946 and 1948 as an expression of the emotions of the rasa Indian tradition. The public is invited to observe when Shaffer-Gottschalk begins preparing the piano at 4 p.m. on the afternoon of the concert.
Shaffer-Gottschalk was a professor of music at Virginia State University from 1992 to 2013. He now teaches in Rochester.
Admission to the concert is free.
Minnesota Orchestra artists to perform, conduct classes
Five musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra will perform a free concert Saturday before conducting master classes with local musicians.
The concert is at 10 a.m. at Century High School, 2525 Viola Road NE, Rochester. The musicians are: Wendy Williams, flute; Julie Gramolini Williams, oboe; Gregory Williams, clarinet; J. Christopher Marshall, bassoon; and Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn.
The morning begins with a coffee reception at 9:30 a.m., with the free concert at 10 a.m., and master classes from 11 a.m. to noon. The master classes are geared to young musicians, music teachers and hobbyists. Audience members are welcome to watch the master classes for free. The fee for musicians who wish to participate is $25.
RCTC music groups to present ‘Hello Spring’
“Hello Spring,” featuring music performed by Rochester Community and Technical College ensembles, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4 in Charles Hill Theatre on the RCTC campus.
The RCTC Concert Band, Concert Choir, Aires under the direction of Chuck Blattner and the Jazz Combo under the direction of Nathan Davidson will perform. Light refreshments will be served at intermission.
Tickets are $6. RCTC students get one free ticket with a valid ID. For reservations, call 507-285-7200.
Shostakovich concerto featured in Winona concert
The Winona Symphony Orchestra will conclude its season with a concert at 4:30 p.m Sunday in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Winona State University.
The concert will feature Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings by Shostakovich, Serenade for Strings by Wolf-Ferrari, and Capriol Suite by Warlock.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for students, in advance at Hardt’s Music in Winona or online at winonasymphony.org, and also at the door.