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In Hope of a Better Tomorrow

Keehun Nam, Guest Conductor

DVOŘÁK: Carnival Overture, op. 92

IVES/arr. SCHUMAN: Variations on America

STRAUSS: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration)

RAVEL: “The Fairy Garden” from The Mother Goose Suite

After conducting across Europe and the United States, Keehun Nam has returned to Minnesota to grow and invest in musical communities in his home state. Nam currently is the Artistic Director of Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras where he conducts its top orchestra and oversees a program serving nearly 200 students in 5 ensembles. While at Vanderbilt University, Nam founded and was the music director for the Commodore Orchestra – a performing ensemble for non-music major students. Nam has served as a guest conductor across the country for collegiate, community and professional orchestras.

Free, no ticket required. Donations gratefully accepted. Please join us for a reception following the concert to meet the musicians.



Impressions of America

Hannah Schendel, Guest Conductor


COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Overture to The Song of Hiawatha, Op. 30

DVORAK: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, “From the New World”

Hannah Schendel is establishing herself as a brilliant and collaborative young conductor. She was awarded second place in the The American Prize Competition 2021 in the community orchestra division and was a finalist in the university orchestra division. Currently, Schendel is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) under the mentorship of Mark Gibson. She holds a Master‘s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Minnesota

Free, no ticket required.
Donations gratefully accepted.

A Concert You Don’t Want to Miss

Marlene’s Musings
September, 2013

It has been a fabulous summer!

I have been to a few music festivals, conducted lots of repertoire, met fantastic musicians and learned a ton. But, I miss the WSO and really look forward to getting back on the podium in front of those great musicians who are also some of the greatest people on the planet.

TonyMarleneWebsiteOur first rehearsal is coming up on September 22, 2013. ALL DVORAK! Antonin and Tony – that’s our title for this concert. Tony Ross, principal cellist of MN Orchestra, will play Dvorak’s cello concerto – arguably the most famous of the genre. I can’t wait!

I’ve wanted to program The Noon Witch for a long time. The music tells the story of an unruly little boy whose mother scolds him and threatens that if he doesn’t cease and desist his annoying behavior, the noon witch will take him away. The boy’s behavior is portrayed by agitated and dissonant oboes, and 12 chimes signal the coming of the witch. I don’t want to reveal too much but even without the story the music is brilliant!

Dvorak’s 16 Slavonic Dances were the pieces that made him a household name. We will be doing #9 which opens with the sounds of a raucous party in the Bohemian countryside. The middle section, in the minor key, presents a reflective, mournful melody. Then we return to the fun of the folk music for which Dvorak was fiercely proud.

This is a concert you don’t want to miss.

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