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Obscure Works for                 Baroque Oboe

Sarah Weiner, Donald Livingston, and Mary Burke having birthdays in Austin, TX

Sarah Weiner, baroque oboe

Mary Burke, viola da gamba

Donald Livingston, harpsichord

thursday, oct 13 | 7:30 pm
St. mary's episcopal church

Three's Company should be the name of this program. Friends since graduate school at Indiana University Historical Performance Institute, three friends have decided to celebrate their October birthdays with the opening concert at the Twin Cities Early Music Festival.

Sarah Weiner, baroque oboe

Sarah Weiner, baroque oboe, oboe d'amore and oboe da caccia, is an active performer on historical instruments. She performs with various ensembles around the country including The Washington Bach Consort, La Follia Austin Baroque, Tempesta di Mare and the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Sarah migrated east via Ohio, where she completed her Master of Music in Historical Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana where she furthered her study of performance practice at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University where she was a winner in the 1996 Early Music Institute concerto competition. For many years Sarah was a member of the Annapolis based Celtic/Early Music cross-over group Ensemble Galilei, which brought her to the Metro DC area where she has lived for over 20 years. Recent musical highlights playing the recorder parts in the John Williams score for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with several orchestras including the National Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Sarah has recorded for Telarc, Dorian, and Maggie’s Music.

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Mary Burke, viola da gamba

Mary Burke, viola da gamba, has appeared as a soloist and chamber  musician across the US with numerous ensembles, including Consortium  Carissimi, the Rose Ensemble, Catacoustic Consort, Bach Society of  Minnesota, Ensemble Polaris, the Gregorian Singers, Duo Geminiani, and
Camerata Pacifica Baroque, and has toured with the crossover group  Ensemble Galilei.  She has performed at the Bloomington Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Bach Festivals of  Baldwin-Wallace College and the University of Minnesota. Ms. Burke has
recorded on Naxos, Sony Classical, Voces Novae, and treblehook records, and has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio, NPR, WNYC, and Concert FM (New Zealand).

Donald Livingston, harpsichord

Donald Livingston is sought after for his performance on harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ, and collaborates with musicians from across the musical spectrum. Director of Ensemble Sprezzatura, he has been associate director of Consortium Carissimi and has performed with such ensembles as Bach Sinfonia (Washington DC), Musica Antigua (Panama City), La Donna Musicale (Boston), Lyra Baroque, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and Glorious Revolution Baroque, Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Phoenix Symphony, as well as with soloists and collaborators Cléa Galhano, Maria Jette, Fernando Bustos, Immanuel Davis, Jacques Ogg, Elisabeth Wright, Joel Frederiksen, Barthold Kuijken, and Dame Emma Kirkby. A finalist in the 2017 McKnight Fellowship, his current endeavors are focused on developing the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, which he founded in 2014. and is now organist and music director at Grace Episcopal Cathedral (Topeka, KS), executive director of the Sunflower Music Festival at Washburn University, and keyboardist for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

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