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THE PROGRAM

 Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 - Greig

 Piano Concerto, No. 27, B-flat major K595 - Mozart
Ariella Kim, Piano

 Siegfried Idyll - Wagner

The Clock Symphony No. 101 in D Major - Haydn

Programming subject to change

 

THE DETAILS

Ariella Kim, Piano
Mozart’s Piano Concerto, No. 27

Craig Randal Johnson, Guest Conductor

Sunday, April 24 – 3:00 PM
Golden Valley Lutheran Church
5501 Glenwood Avenue - Golden Valley

Adults: $20 | Students 18 and under: Free

(Tickets available online and at the door)

Ariella Kim

Ariella Kim is a twelve-year old pianist and violinist from Saint Paul, Minnesota.  She studies piano with Dr. Jo Anne Link of Crocus Hill Studios and violin with Natsuki Kumagai, violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra.

She was the youngest finalist in the 2021 Saint Paul Piano Teachers’ Association Concerto Competition and has performed many recitals at Sundin Hall at Hamline University.

Ariella comes from a musical family and enjoys playing chamber music with her brother and parents.  She attends Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Her poem, “Halmoni”, won the 2021 Lillian Wright Award for Creative Writing, awarded by COMPAS for the best writing amongst 4th to 6th graders in the state of Minnesota.

When Ariella is not busy with school or enjoying playing the piano, Ariella is an avid reader, writer, artist and soccer player.

 

 

Craig Randal Johnson

Bringing a wide range of experience as conductor, pianist, double bassist, teacher and organizer, Craig Randal Johnson is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra based in Edina. Johnson has conducted the Florida Symphony, North Star Opera, Marquette Symphony, at the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and was Resident Conductor of the Rome Festival in Italy for three seasons, amongst others.  As Director of Stage Music at  the Osnabrück Theater in Germany Johnson conducted large scale Brecht productions, and held repetiteur positions at the Staatstheater Braunschweig and Theater Bremen. He has conducted symphony concerts for Finnfest USA featuring US premieres and accomplished guest artists.   Conductor of the large scale ‘Rockland’ opera in 2011 in Michigan, Opera Magazine (London) noted that “The conductor Craig Randal Johnson brought out the darkness in the music, kept the score and the singers well balanced, and made the musical climaxes pay off.”

As piano recitalist Craig Randal Johnson specializes in American, Finnish and 20th century music.  He has concertized in Germany, Finland, and across the USA  as Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year.    As accompanist Johnson has toured with Finnish baritone Esa Ruuttunen, appeared on WNYC radio in New York with playwright Eric Bentley and has accompanied several of the world’s leading double bass players at three International Society of Bassists conventions.   Craig Randal Johnson was Principal Double Bassist of the Florida Symphony for four seasons, and has held orchestral bass positions with the Staatsorchester Braunschweig, the Aspen Chamber Symphony and the Columbus (OH) Symphony.

Craig Randal Johnson holds degrees from Northwestern University (Evanston IL) and the University of Minnesota and has done additional study at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, the Aspen Music School, the Berlin Conducting Symposium, and at Dartmouth College.   He was recently decorated as Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland by the Ambassador of Finland to the United States in Washington, D.C, honoring Mr. Johnson's contributions to Finnish culture as conductor and pianist.

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