Murasaki Duo featured in Festival of Music concert
The Murasaki Duo, composed of cellist Eric Kurz and pianist Miko Kominami, will perform for the final Festival of Music concert of the season April 10 at First Presbyterian Church.
The duo formed in 1996. Kurz, who formerly taught at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, is now assistant professor of cello at the University of Maryland School of Music. Kominami teaches at Luther and is principal keyboardist of Orchestra Iowa. Both musicians are graduates of the Juilliard School.
The Rochester concert will include selections from the duo’s 2015 recording “Duo Virtuoso,” as well as Sonata in F by Richard Strauss.
The concert is at 4 p.m. A free-will offering will be accepted.
Folksinger Fure to debut new CD at Crossings
Tret Fure will perform songs from her new album, “Rembrandt Afternoons,” in a CD release concert at 7 p.m. April 10 at Crossings at Carnegie.
Fure, who has recorded 15 albums, also will play old favorites from her 45-year career. Fure started her career performing in coffee houses and on college campuses and then spent the early ’70s touring with Spencer Davis as part of his backing band. She also recorded an album in 1973 produced by Lowell George, of Little Feat. Along the way, she has engineered and produced recordings by other artists.
Tickets are $16 in advance, $19 at the door. Tickets can be reserved online and at 507-732-7616.
French music featured in chamber society finale
The final concert of the 2015-2016 season of the Rochester Chamber Music Society is “French Connection II” at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at Christ United Methodist Church.
Canadian violinist Veronique Mathieu and pianist Horacio Nuguid will be featured in a program of works by Ravel, Faure and Saint-Saens.
Mathieu is a prize winner of the 2012 Eckhardt-Gramatte Contemporary Music Competition, the 2010 Krakow International Contemporary Music Competition and a three-time winner of the Canada Council Bank of Instruments Competition. Nuguid performs frequently with ensembles and orchestras and teaches piano in Rochester.
Admission is free.
Young PBS star to perform at Mayo Civic Center
Bortnick, from Pembroke Pines, Fla., was featured in his own PBS special when he was only 9 years old. At the age of 10, he became the youngest performer ever to headline in Las Vegas. His shows and concerts are a virtual history lesson of music, stretching from classical pieces to today’s popular hits, including originals written by Bortnick.
His second PBS special, “The Power of Music,” has aired 1,500 times on public television stations.
Bortnick has always been slightly ahead of his time; he asked for his first piano at age 3 and was writing his own songs at age 5.
Tickets are $76 for VIP (which includes a meet-and-greet with Bortnick after the concert), $40, $30 and $20, available at the civic center box office and through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online and at Rochester Walmart stores.
Penguins ready to throw a party at Oak Center
A string band with the unusual name of the Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Oak Center General Store on U.S. 63 in Oak Center.
The band, based in Minneapolis, performs on guitars, mandolin, fiddles, upright bass and banjo, and tops it all off with four-part harmonies. While striving to remain true to string band roots, the Party Penguins also update their sound with original tunes and creative covers. The result is a mix of folk, rock, blues and bluegrass.
Tickets are $15, with discounts available for low-income patrons. For reservations, send a check to: Oak Center General Store, 67011 U.S. 63, Lake City, MN 55041. To check on ticket availability, call 507-753-2080.
Winter Dance Party show coming to Cannon Falls
A musical tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper will be presented at 7 p.m. April 8 at Cannon Falls High School auditorium.
The show is a benefit for Shepherd’s Center of the Cannon Valley, which promotes community involvement for senior adults.
The concert features John Mueller, star of the touring version of “Buddy…The Buddy Holly Story,” as Holly, with Linwood Sasser as the Big Bopper and Ray Anthony as Valens. The three early rock ‘n’ roll stars were killed in 1959 in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa. The show recreates the Winter Dance Party tour that featured the three artists. It has been presented at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, where Holly, the Big Bopper and Valens performed their final show.
Tickets are $30, available at Scofield Drug and Gift and Shepherd’s Center in Cannon Falls, and online.
Organ recital is Sunday at Saint Marys chapel
Catherine Rodland, a member of the music faculty at St. Olaf College, will present an organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Saint Marys Campus.
Rodland holds degrees from St. Olaf and the Eastman School of Music. She has been a prize winner in several competitions, including first prize at the 1988 International Organ Competition at the University of Michigan.
Admission is free.