Please note: UNC’s Justin Krawitz will be filling in for Lara Downes due to illness. Details coming soon.
Schmitt Music presents a free Piano Master Class conducted by Steinway Artist Lara Downes at Schmitt Music Denver on Tuesday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m.
Steinway Artist Lara Downes will listen to the performances of three local piano students and offer constructive comments to improve their performance. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to this fascinating process!
Watch a performance and interview with Lara Downes at Steinway Hall in NYC:
American pianist Lara Downes has garnered wide acclaim as one of the most exciting and communicative pianists of today’s generation, lauded by NPR as “a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship”, and praised by the New York Times for her “loving attention to mood and color”. Lara’s innovative explorations of the piano repertoire – from iconic favorites to newly commissioned works – bridge musical genres, traditions and audiences. Born in San Francisco of Caribbean and Russian heritage, Downes began piano lessons at age 4, and later spent a decade studying and performing with her sisters in Europe, in what she calls a “gypsy-like existence” that took the family from Paris to Venice, Vienna, Basel and Rome. Since making early debuts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall London, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Salle Gaveau Paris, Lara has appeared on the world’s greatest concert stages, winning over audiences at diverse venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Le Poisson Rouge, the Kennedy Center to Classical Revolution.
Downes’ recordings have met with tremendous critical and popular acclaim. Her latest CD, Some Other Time (Steinway & Sons, 2014) debuted in the Billboard Top 10 and was called “luscious, moody and dreamy” by the New Yortk Times. Exiles’ Café (Steinway & Sons, 2013) has topped the bestseller charts and was called “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine. Lara is heard regularly on national radio programs, including NPR Music, Sirius XM Symphony Hall, MPR’s Performance Today, WNYC’s New Sounds, and WFMT’s Impromptu.
Lara Downes is a Steinway Artist. Learn more on her website: laradownes.com.
Please join us for a performance by pianist Chaeyoung Park at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. – this event is FREE and open to the public!
Chaeyoung is scheduled to compete in the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition in May. You can hear her program for free and wish her well on her quest! Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot.
Watch Miss Park performing Chopin’s “Ballade No. 2″ on a Steinway & Sons Concert Grand:
Seventeen-year old Chaeyoung Park, from South Korea and Lawrence, KS, has been studying with Dr. Jack Winerock of University of Kansas piano faculty for seven years. She also studies with Dr. Scott McBride Smith.
Chaeyoung was awarded Gold Medal in Music by the National YoungArts Foundation in 2014. She received First Place at 2014 Emilio Del Rosario International Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition and received Young Jury Award and Discretionary Award at the 2014 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. She received Third Prize at the 7th USASU International Piano Competition in 2015. She won First Place in the 2012 International Institute for Young Musicians International Piano Competition, as well as the Audience Prize. She was the youngest semifinalist and finalist at the 2012 Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. She was awarded First Place in the Junior Level of the Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2011.
She received First Place from the American Protégé International Competition and the Fite Family Young Artists Competition. She won First Place in Junior Division in Missouri Western Young Artist Piano Competition. She has won First Place and also Audience Prize at the Kansas City Symphony Concerto Competition. She was the Overall Winner at the MYA Walgreens Concerto Competition Open Senior Division and at Topeka Symphony Youth Concerto Audition. She was the Kansas State and West Central Division MTNA Junior Piano winner in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Her chamber group was the Grand Winner of the National Young Artists Chamber Music and Ensemble Competition. She has performed in such halls as Orchestra Hall at Chicago Symphony Center, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New World Center in Miami, Helzberg Hall at Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Kodak Hall at Eastman School of Music and Lied Center of Kansas. She has performed with the Kansas City Symphony with Maestro Michael Stern, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Neil Varon, New Millennium Symphony with Frencesco Milioto and the Topeka Symphony Orchestra with Robert Olson among others. She has participated in masterclasses with renowned teachers and musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Jorge Osorio, Michael Stern and John Perry.
Aside from playing piano, she likes playing with her cats, baking and cooking, and reading books.
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Join us for a special “Meet & Greet” with Emily Bear, 13 year-old pianist and composer, at Schmitt Music Edina on Sunday, April 19 from 1PM to 2PM!
Emily Bear is a 13 year-old pianist and composer who enjoys performing both classical and jazz repertoire, as well as her original compositions. Emily has performed with orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Asia, at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and she recently released her first studio album, Diversity, produced by her mentor and friend, Quincy Jones. The album peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart.
Emily will be meeting with fans and signing autographs, and you can check out our selection of Emily Bear music books. For details or to RSVP to the “Meet & Greet” event, please call 612-238-9930 or use our online RSVP form – CLICK HERE!
Don’t miss the Emily Bear Trio at The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 19th at 7:00PM!
Watch the World Premiere of “Les Voyages,” composed and orchestrated by Emily Bear, and performed with the Santa Fe Orchestra on December 24, 2014:
At age 13, Pianist/Composer/Arranger Emily Bear is one of the most astonishing musical talents of our time – composing, orchestrating, and performing in a diverse collection of styles. A child of this century, born Aug. 30, 2001 in Rockford IL, where she lives with her parents and older brother and sister, Emily started to show talent from the cradle. She started playing the piano at age 2, and by the age of 6, she had played on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and performed at the White House for President Bush. By the time she was 8 she had composed more than 350 pieces of her own music. Emily’s first studio album, Diversity, produced by her mentor and friend, legendary Quincy Jones was released in 2013 and peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart.
She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life. And her music is the same way. I am at once astounded and inspired by the enormous talent that Emily embodies. With the ability to seamlessly move from Classical to Jazz and Be-bop, she shows as much musical prowess as pianists/composers twice her age, and I am thrilled to be working with her. She’s astounding, man … she’s astounding. She plays like she’s 40 years old. She is the complete 360-degree package, and there are no limits to the musical heights she can reach.” - Quincy Jones
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Contact your Schmitt Music Piano Specialist today and set up a showing. You’ll see and hear why Kawai pianos and the choice of those who know! Visit your Schmitt Music store and purchase an eligible Kawai grand or upright acoustic piano, or select digital pianos (models CP2 & CP3) before April 30, 2015, to qualify for an Instant Rebate – save $150 up to $1,000 instantly!
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Eastman Music Company and The Sax Shop are proud to present a special “Clinic and Performance” with Bob Mintzer, legendary LA-based jazz saxophonist! Join us on Saturday, April 25 at 1PM at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center – FREE!
Bob Mintzer is a legendary jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, big band leader and member of the Grammy award winning Yellowjackets. Don’t miss this chance to hear a true jazz great play and talk about music! He’ll be performing with and showcasing Andreas Eastman “52nd Street” saxophones. This FREE clinic and performance precedes Bob’s evening concert on Saturday, April 25 with the JazzMN Orchestra!
At the event, you can GET $100 OFF on any new 52nd Street or Eastman saxophone! We’ll also have discounts on select popular mouthpieces and accessories!
Check out Randy Brecker & Bob Mintzer performing at Bflat Jazz Festival in 2012:
The JazzMN Orchestra, the Twin Cities’ premier professional jazz ensemble, performs a broad range of jazz repertoire spanning classic and contemporary styles, showcasing outstanding musicians from throughout the region, and featuring world-class guest artists. Formed as a nonprofit arts organization in 1998, JazzMN, Inc. supports its mission to promote excellence in the jazz art form through performance, preservation and educational outreach.
CLICK HERE to visit JazzMN.org and get your tickets for Bob’s evening JazzMN show!
GET TO KNOW BOB MINTZER:
“Playing music is a life long commitment. There are always new things to consider and develop. I’m exhilarated and humbled by music on a daily basis, and plan to continue on this path until my last day on earth.” These words pretty much sums up Bob Mintzer’s approach to music.
Bob leads several musical lives that, at times, seem humanly impossible for one person to sustain. He is a 20 year member of the Grammy award winning Yellowjackets, leads his own Grammy winning big band, is the recipient of the Buzz McCoy endowed chair of jazz studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, does workshops all over the world, writes books on jazz, writes for orchestra, concert band, and big band, travels with his own quartet, and plays with numerous other bands around the globe. He is equally active in the composing, performing and educational fields.
Bob has written over 200 big band arrangements. His big band music is played over the world, and has influenced numerous big band writers. He honed his big band writing and playing skills in the bands of Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis. He has also written works for the National Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands. WDR Big band in Cologne, HR Big Band in Frankfurt and was commissioned to write a piece for concert band and tenor sax by a consortium of 50 universities.
As an instrumentalist Bob has worked with Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Sam Jones, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, the Yellowjackets, GRP All Star Big Band, Mike Manieri, The New York Philharmonic, to name a few. He has done session work for James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Queen, Donald Fagan, Milton Nascimento, and countless others.
Bob has recorded some 30 solo projects and was awarded with 4 grammy nominations and a Grammy award for best large jazz ensemble recording in 2001 for Homage to Count Basie on the DMP label.
Bob currently resides in Los Angeles in the former house of composer Arnold Schoenberg (his first LA residence, 1934-1936), teaches at USC, travels 4 months out of the year, and, when at home, writes and practices constantly. He is generally considered one of the tenor saxophonists who came out the school of New York players in the 70′s, which includes Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, David Liebman and Steve Grossman.
Free Clinic & Master Class, Special Products & Pricing!
Celebrate the “Grand Opening” of The Trombone Shop – a great new addition to the Pro Shops at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center – Saturday, April 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Trombone Shop is filled with professional and intermediate low brass instruments and a great selection of accessories from Bach, Conn, Yamaha, S.E. Shires, Getzen, Blessing, Courtois, Denis Wick, Schilke, Monette, Kelly, Protec, Humes & Berg, Jo-Ral, Hetman Lubricants and more! Join us for these “Grand Opening” events:
Open House: all day, 10AM to 6PM – PBONE GIVEAWAYS, $100 OFF ANY NEW TROMBONE!
Check out The Trombone Shop’s great selection, including an expanded inventory of instruments from Conn-Selmer and S.E. Shires! All day long, you’ll find special pricing on select instruments, and GET $100 OFF any new trombone during the event! Plus, we’ll have DOOR PRIZES and we’re giving away a FREE PBONE after each clinic/performance!
Michael B. Nelson Clinic & Performance: 11AM to 12PM – RSVP HERE!
Join us for a free performance and clinic with Michael B. Nelson, producer, composer, arranger, trombonist and leader of the Hornheads (formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation). Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot! Call 763-398-5018, email firstname.lastname@example.org or CLICK HERE to use our online RSVP form.
R. Douglas Wright Master Class & Performance: 3PM to 5PM – RSVP HERE!
Join us for a free Master Class and performance with R. Douglas Wright, principal trombonist of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1995. Seating is limited, so RSVP to save your spot! Call 763-398-5018, email email@example.com or CLICK HERE to use our online RSVP form.
Contact Keith Hilson, Trombone Shop Manager, to learn more about our “Grand Opening” or to RSVP for an event. Please call 763-398-5018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael B. Nelson has distinguished himself as the leader, composer, arranger, and trombonist for the internationally acclaimed, 5-piece a cappella jazz horn group, the HORNHEADS.
From 1991-2001 Nelson and the Hornheads recorded and toured worldwide with Prince, performing for over 2 million concert goers. Nelson recorded and arranged horns for 20 CDs with Prince and associated Paisley Park artists and co-wrote “Billy Jack Bitch” on Prince’s Grammy-nominated Gold Experience CD. In 1996 Nelson received a McKnight Composers Fellowship through the American Composers Forum.
As a top call studio musician, he has appeared on over 100 CDs, with producer, composer, arranger, and performer credits on 3 Hornheads solo releases (Fat Lip, 5 Heads Are Better Than 1, and Hornheads) and 10 Compass Records CDs for the Target retail chain. Nelson has performed and/or recorded with Chaka Khan, Doc Severinsen, Lenny Kravitz, The Jonas Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Mandy Moore, Jimmy Jam, Johnny Mathis, Honor Society, Larry Graham, Ben Sidran, Jordan Pruitt, Babyface, Maceo Parker, and many others. He has also worked on many commercial projects for companies such as Target, BMW, Holiday Inn, Macys, ABC, Minnesota Twins, Best Buy, General Mills, Hormel, Donatos, Long John Silver, and Redline Entertainment.
R. Douglas Wright has served as the principal trombonist of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1995. He received his training at the New England Conservatory under the guidance of his principal teacher, Norman Bolter. While still attending NEC, Doug began playing with the Boston Pops Orchestra, holding the position of 2nd trombone there for four years. In addition, he played frequently in the trombone section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to his appointment with the Minnesota Orchestra, Doug was the trombonist of the Empire Brass Quintet, performing concerts and teaching master classes around the world. During that time, he also served as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Boston University.
Other orchestral positions that Mr. Wright has held include assistant principal trombone of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, principal trombone of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and principal trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra. Additionally, Doug has performed numerous times under the baton of Maestro Valerie Gergiev as a member of the World Orchestra for Peace, an orchestra comprised of musicians from over 70 orchestras located in over 40 different countries.
Doug has recorded extensively in both orchestral and chamber music settings with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Empire Brass Quintet. In a mild departure, he appeared with the rock group “Aerosmith” in an MTV video. Truer to form, he has performed as featured soloist with a number of orchestras, including numerous times with the Minnesota Orchestra.
In 2001, Doug gave the world premiere of Mixed Feelings, a trombone concerto commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra and written expressly for him by Viennese composer, Kurt Schwertsik. More recently, he performed Kalevi Aho’s Symphony no. 9 for Solo Trombone and Orchestra. As a Selmer clinician, Doug has performed solo recitals and taught master classes throughout the United States and abroad.
Click here to learn more about The Trombone Shop, or contact Trombone Shop Manager, Keith Hilson, for “Grand Opening” event details. Please call 763-398-5018 or email us at email@example.com.
Yamaha and The Trumpet Shop are proud to present a special “Master Class and Performance” with Charles Lazarus, trumpeter and composer, Yamaha Artist, and member of the Minnesota Orchestra. Join us at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center on Sunday, April 26 from 1PM to 2PM – FREE!
Charles Lazarus will be presenting a solo trumpet performance, followed by a clinic with opportunities for students to play and get feedback on the performance. Charles is a Yamaha Artist, and will be performing on Yamaha trumpets. During the event, you can GET 10% OFF on a new Yamaha Silent Brass System – play and practice anytime, anywhere!
Check out Charles and band performing his tune “Kilauea’s Fountains” on MN Originals:
Charles Lazarus is known for his distinctive blend of lounge/exotica and funk fired jazz. The trumpeter / composer’s eclectic career has been met with acclaim from critics worldwide. Lazarus made his main stage Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra at the age of 19 while still a student at The Juilliard School in New York. He has been a member of the Dallas Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Canadian Brass, and currently the Minnesota Orchestra. He has been on the trumpet faculties of Princeton University and St. Olaf College, and has performed and taught master classes in every US state, Canada, South America and throughout Europe and Asia.
Lazarus has performed his own compositions for the Montreal and Ottawa international jazz festivals, live on Radio Canada, for music videos that have aired nationally on Canadian television, and as an opening act for Tony Bennett. He has performed with the New York Trumpet Ensemble, The New York Big Brass, The London Brass, and the Montreal Symphony and has been a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, and the Bach Society among others. He has recorded for television and Imax film scores, as well as major symphony orchestras and numerous classical, pop and jazz ensembles. Lazarus released his debut solo CD, Solo Settings, in 2005 and followed up with a second recording, Zabava, in 2008.
A 2007 winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Lazarus has created and premiered three original orchestra pops programs in recent years: A Night in the Tropics, American Riffs and Fly Me to the Moon: Big Band Love Songs.
Are you serious about taking your playing to the next level? Would you like to study with incredible musicians for free? Schmitt Music and McNally Smith College of Music are excited to offer a chance to WIN A FULL SCHOLARSHIP to attend your choice of a Summer Music Camp at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin this summer – A $575 VALUE!
Must be 15-18 years old to enter. Winners will be announced on May 18. Camps are available June 14 through August 7, including: Jazz Improvisation, Guitar & Bass Workshops, Extreme Strings, Trumpet, Trombone, and Sax Workshops, Rock Band, and Show Choir! Click here to learn more about the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI.