Mobile Mini-Concerts – Artist Bios
Charles Asch performs on baroque and modern cello throughout the Twin Cities and Minnesota. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota. He performs with Lyra Baroque Orchestra as well as with other local period instrument ensembles. His baroque cello is by an unknown maker located likely in Lower Austria, made between about 1690-1730, based on an older pattern with a smaller body and rounder ribs, and is strung with gut strings made in Duluth by Gamut Strings.
Brendon Bushman is a freelance oboist, adjunct music faculty at CSB/SJU, and maintains private studios in Saint Cloud and MSP. Recent performances include those with the South Dakota Symphony, Duluth Superior Symphony, Journey North Opera, Minnesota Dance Theatre, VocalEssence, and the Northern Lights Music Festival. More at brendonbushman.com.
Gary Ruschman is an in-demand performer, conductor, and composer who works in a broad range of styles. Called “Terrific” by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, his credits include NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, BBC Two, Kennedy Center, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Boston Pops.
As a creator and a performer of new music, Julie’s work walks the line between composition and songwriting, art music and popular music, between genres as seemingly different as classical and blues. She plays in many styles, working to bring both the flute and her audiences to music they haven’t been in contact with before. https://julieflute.net/
Levi Gregg is an avid composer and flute player. He enjoy’s playing and writing in a variety of styles and likes highlighting the works of underrepresented composers. In 2023 he graduated from University of Minnesota Duluth with undergraduate degrees in Instrumental Performance and Music Theory and Composition. When Levi is not composing or playing, he enjoys going camping, hiking and canoeing.
Marco was appointed Associate Artistic Director of the Bach Society of Minnesota in 2018 where he works as conductor, violinist, and speaker bringing diverse communities together through music. He leads BSM’s successful “Bach with Friends” workshops and can be seen performing violin in solo, recital, chamber, and orchestral performances.
The Bach Society of Minnesota encourages audience members to wear masks and be fully vaccinated.
We follow the protocols of the venues where its concerts are held as well as current CDC guidelines. Prior to each performance, please visit our website for the venue’s procedures.
Phillip Rukavina @ Bethlehem Baptist Church Park
Alyssa Burdick @ Armatage Park
Julie Johnson @ Woodbury Senior Living
Gary Ruschman @ Mattocks Park
Julie Johnson @ Luxton Park, PC: Renée Jones Schneider
Assoc. Artistic Director Marco Real-d'Arbelles plays for curious children at the playground
Thanks to our donors
Thanks to the individuals listed below for their support toward the Mobile Mini-Concerts series this spring.
Aleta Borrud & Jim Findlay
Dutton & Caroline Foster
Gary & Lorilee Petrangelo
James & Merrie A Stolpestad
Jay Kurtz & Joan Rabe
Pat & Colin Aldis
Michael & Martha Koch
Paul Boehnke & Julie Elhard
Paula and Michael Goldstein
Randall M. Egan Publisher of Music Ltd.
Robert Riesberg & Christine Hartmann
Sthitie E Bom & Andrew J Gesell
Terry & David Gilberstadt
We’re inviting shutterbugs and pros to visit at least four concerts and take great pics, post them on Facebook or Instagram and tag @BachSocietyMN, or email to email@example.com by May 29.
You will receive a pair of tickets to the concert of your choice in the 2023-2024 BSM concert series.