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This activity is supported, in part, by the City of Saint Paul Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Program.

Mobile Mini-Concerts
September 2023 - May 2024

We continue to offer our popular Mobile Mini-Concerts in the Twin Cities and Greater MN. After many requests, we will now offer them year-round! If you would like to host a Mobile Mini-Concerts performance in your front yard, workplace, or other community location, please email events@bachsocietymn.org for us to consider you for the next round.

Dates:
September 15, 16, 21, 2023
December 8 & 9, 2023 (Indoor space only)
March 1 & 2, 2024 (Indoor space only)
May 10 & 11, 2024 
May 23-25, 2024 (Greater MN & Twin Cities)

 

March 2024 schedule is updated! 

Mobile Mini-Concerts – Artist Bios

Charles Asch 

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

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

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.

Julie Johnson

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

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 Real-d’Arbelles

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.

Anita Rieder

Anita Rieder enjoys performing with Minnesota Bach Society and at The Basilica of Saint Mary locally. She has performed in Mexico, Japan, Austria and England; with the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera, Grant Park Symphony, Staunton, VA Music Festival, Door County Peninsula Music Festival, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Newberry Consort, Lake Forest Symphony, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Trio Lydia, and Pilgrim Chamber Players. 

 

She served as visiting assistant professor of flute at the University of Arkansas, University of Iowa, and Wheaton College. She has performed numerous concertos and recorded on the Cedille label. In 2022 she performed with the Haymarket Opera Company  L’Amant Anonyme, an opera by Joseph de Bologne, restored to its original complete score and released on the Cedille label. She earned a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University and was a Fulbright Scholar in London, England. Anita is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and has worked for nonprofits for 16 years, including Mayo Clinic, The Rotary Foundation and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She currently inspires generosity as Senior Major Gifts Officer at Dunwoody College of Technology. She enjoys volunteering with Wayzata Rotary Club and Hennepin County Master Gardeners. 

Phillip Rukavina

Lutenist Phillip Rukavina performs as a lute and vihuela soloist and as a continuo lutenist. He has appeared at many major festivals specializing in early music, including the Utrecht Early Music Festival (2013) and the Boston Early Music Festival (2015).  In 2017, Phillip was invited to perform as a soloist at the European Lute Festival in Füssen, Germany and at the Lute Society of America’s WestFest, held in Victoria, BC Canada. Phillip is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet and has performed with many prominent ensembles, including the Newberry Consort, the Texas Early Music Project, the Rose Ensemble, the Bach Society MN and with renowned sopranos Emma Kirkby and Ellen Hargis.  He has served on the faculty of the Lute Society of America's LuteFest in Cleveland, OH and the Amherst and Vancouver Early Music Festivals. He has recorded on the Lyrichord, LSA, Magnatune, Gamut, and Naxos labels. His fifth Studio395 solo release, Dutch Light: the Lute Music of Nicolas Vallet, was issued in winter of 2017.

Gabby Doran

Gabby Doran is a versatile Twin Cities-based soprano who regularly performs with numerous chamber ensembles in the region. She is a soloist and recording artist with a full length album being released Christmas of 2023. Gabby has loved performing with the Bach Society of MN since 2015. She and her husband live in Saint Paul with a collection of children, cats, and random instruments. Learn more or contact her at gabbydoranmusic.com.

Vivaldi's Four Nations
Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Halleujah! - Motets by JS Bach
Minnesota Bach Festival

Vivaldi’s Four Nations 

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Hallelujah! 

Minnesota Bach Festival

October 7 – 8, 2022

December 16 – 17, 2022

March 1 – 4, 2023

May 13 – 28, 2023

Recontstructed by

Matthias Maute,

USA premiere

Cantatas I, II, IV, VI with the Minnesota Chorale

Motets by J. S. Bach, His family and friends

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

Pics for Concert Tix
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 events@bachsocietym.org throughout the season. You will receive a pair of tickets to the concert of your choice.

Calling All Photographers and Music Enthusiasts
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