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Maple Grove Bandshell

7991 Main Street

Maple Grove, MN 55369

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A unique open air classical music event featuring some of the greatest hits by Eastern European composers!

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Join us for a Live Open Air Classical Music Celebration on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 4:30 pm! Set in the beautiful Maple Grove Bandshell in Town Green Park, the program features some masterpieces by greatest Eastern European composers: Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Dvorak, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov and others. Performers include internationally acclaimed artists of the Twin Cities, members of Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera.


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Quintet B-flat Major

Chamber music works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and others.

Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, op. 81

In a case of severe weather all ticket holders will be notified by email about rescheduling not less than 24 hours before the event.


Violinist Helen Chang Haertzen joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003. In 2006 she appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Orchestra under Andrew Litton’s direction. As soloist, Haertzen has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade and Junge Philharmonie Erlangen, and with the Staatsorchester Braunschweig.

Haertzen is a member of the Isles Ensemble and has performed as a guest artist with the Walden Chamber Players and the Bamberg String Quartet. In Boston, she has appeared at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Goethe Institute. She played the Jascha Heifetz 'David' 1742 Guarneri del Gesù violin in recital at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor and has appeared as a recitalist throughout Europe. In 2005 Cavalli Records released Haertzen’s recording of the Bach Partitas for Solo Violin, which drew critical acclaim from the American Record Guide. She has also produced and played on American Avenues, a medley of American classics for Centaur Records.

She attended Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute, the Salzburg Mozarteum and the San Francisco Conservatory. Haertzen was a prizewinner of the Karol Lipinski-Wieniawski Competition in Poland.

Violinist Sarah Grimes joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2016. Before her appointment in the Minnesota Orchestra, she performed as a full-time Guest Musician with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2015-16, and as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2014.

Raised in the Twin Cities, Grimes began studying the violin at the age of four. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. She appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2005 and 2010 and with the Minnesota Sinfonia in 2012. As a chamber musician, she has recently been featured on the Minnesota Orchestra Chamber Series, Liquid Music Series, the SPCO Chamber Music Series, Bakken Trio Series, The Musical Offering, and at festivals including Kneisel Hall Chamber Music, Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills and Astona International. She currently serves as concertmaster of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra.

Born in Taiwan and raised in California, violist Sifei Cheng holds a degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and has also studied at The Juilliard School in New York. He joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1995. He has served as principal viola of the Charleston Symphony, New World Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra and has led sections under Michael Tilson Thomas, Eiji Oue and Christoph Eschenbach. As a chamber musician, he has played in the Ravinia Festival, Pacific Music Festival and the New York String Seminar. He has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Andrew Litton and Alicia de Larrocha. He is also a member of The Isles Ensemble, a collaborative chamber group here in the Twin Cities.

Outside of classical music, Cheng has recorded with the late legendary Prince and served as principal viola of the Game of Thrones in Concert Orchestra that debuted in 2017 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Most recently he performed with singer, rapper and songwriter Dessa at First Ave.

Minnesota Orchestra's Associate Principal Cello Silver Ainomäe was born in Tallinn, Estonia. He received degrees from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as Razumovsky Academy under the guidance of Oleg Kogan. Silver won multiple prizes and awards at competitions worldwide including the Isang Yun, Lutoslawski and Paulo competitions.Ainomäe has performed in more than 30 countries as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. His solo debut was with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 2000. He has since performed concertos with Finnish Radio Orchestra, Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Colorado Symphony under conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Andrew Litton, Marin Alsop and Claus-Peter Flor. Principal cellist of the Colorado Symphony since 2009, Ainomäe has also appeared as guest principal with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. An active chamber musician and educator, he has performed and taught at the most prominent festivals in Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Greece, Germany and United Kingdom.


Flutist Eun Cho has performed throughout the United States and South Korea. Recent projects have included lecture recitals in Los Angeles and New York. She is a member of the Contemporary Ensemble and Choir at St. Olaf Catholic Church. In 2011-2014 Cho was a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Eun has also played with Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra, Gyonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Baroque Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Roman Catholic Church, Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. As a soloist, she has won several competitions.

Eun graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in from Kyunghee University in South Korea. She received her Master’s Degree in performance from Seoul National University and Artist Diploma from Korea National University of Arts. Currently, she is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota.

Described as a clarinetist with ''fluid technical mastery of her instrument and delightfully liquid phrasing'', Anastasiya Nyzkodub is an active solo, chamber, orchestral musician and music educator. She had performed as a soloist and orchestral musician in concerts across Russia, Ukraine, France, Italy and the U.S. Anastasiya is a member of a Twin-cities based woodwind trio Sonora Winds.

Nyzkodub has extensive experience performing as an orchestral musician with Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Mankato Symphony Orchestra among others. Anastasiya is a prize-winner of several prestigious competitions.

Anastasiya had completed her Doctoral and Master's degrees at the University of Minnesota.

Matthew Wilson joined The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as a member starting in the 2017, after playing as a guest musician for many years. He was Principal Horn of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra from 2012–2017. He recently acted as Associate Principal Horn with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2018 and Minnesota Orchestra on their 2016 European tour. He has been a frequent guest Principal Horn with them and the SPCO. He has also been guest Principal Horn with the Florida Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony and has had engagements with the Colorado Symphony and The Phantom of the Opera Broadway touring company. A Southern California native, he started playing horn at the age of 9. Wilson received his undergraduate degree from University of Northwestern in Saint Paul, and his Masters of Music degree from the University of Minnesota.

Laurie Hatcher Merz is in her twentieth year as bassoonist and contrabassoonist in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. In addition to performing with the Minnesota Sinfonia, Merz is a busy free-lance player performing with many groups, including the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Dance Theater, and VocalEssence. The Riverside Wind Quintet has presented Laurie the opportunity to perform new and newly-discovered quintet literature. The Riverside Winds recently released the CD “The Lyrical Pickpocket”, music by American composer Eric Stokes and as MPR Class Notes Artists, developed an educational program on American music for schoolchildren.

After graduating with distinction from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Merz performed with the Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele in Germany. She returned to Germany in 2014 as a featured soloist and instructor at the Suzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival.

Laurie received her Master's Degree in performance with honors from the University of Minnesota School of Music. Merz has previously held the position of Professor of Bassoon at Augsburg University, St. Cloud State University and Century College in Minnesota.


Russian-born pianist Denis Evstuhin has appeared on stages of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Great Philharmonic Hall and the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, as well as the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Denis appeared as a soloist with the Mariinsky Minnesota Orchestra, Theater Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, and the Fairbanks Symphony. He has collaborated with conductors Tugan Sokhiev, Mark Russell Smith, Henry Charles Smith, Eduard Zilberkant, and Philip Mann. Evstuhin has also appeared on radio and TV stations in Russia, Europe and the US, In 2010 he appeared as a guest artist on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Denis holds degrees from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, as well the University of Minnesota, where he studied with professor Alexander Braginsky. Last fall he has served on the Faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Since 2010 Denis serves as a Music Curator and a founder of the classical music series at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. He organized and participated in more than 60 programs featuring internationally acclaimed musicians, such as Minnesota Orchestra's Music Director Osmo Vänskä, concertmaster Erin Keefe, principal cello Anthony Ross, among others.


Pianist Anton Melnichenko has been performing on several continents since his first solo recital at the age of twelve. His performances have always garnered him both public and critical acclaim. A graduate of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Anton has also received his Master's and Doctoral degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Professor Alexander Braginsky.

Melnichenko has earned top prizes in a number of international and national competitions, including first prizes at the International Competition "Citta di Fasano" (Italy), the Shubert Club Competition (USA), International Competition The Art of 21st century (Ukraine), Gavrilin International Piano Competition (Russia), as well as the fourth prize at the V International Piano Competition in Andorra. He has also appeared on many television and radio stations in Russia, US and Europe, such as Minnesota Public Radio, Russia K Channel (Culture), Russian National Television and others, performing works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich.


Our priority is the health and safety of our guests, performers and staff.


Based on state guidelines, maximum capacity is 250 people (including performers and staff). The amphitheater area is only available to pre-registered guests. Seating will be mostly arranged in pairs, with exceptions for bigger families and single guests. Each group of seats will be 6 feet apart from any surrounding seat. After the concert, our volunteers will help attendees exit the space in small groups using separate departure paths.


Everyone is required to wear face coverings during the ticketing, registration, entering (seating) and exiting process. If you don’t have a face covering upon arrival, disposable masks will be provided. However, once you are seated, you may remove your mask if needed.


Hand sanitizers and wipes will be available throughout the venue. Restrooms will also be available.


Common areas, restrooms and high touch points will be cleaned and sanitized frequently throughout the event for your safety.


Please stay at home if you have any symptoms listed below:

• Fever

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Chills

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell


We thank our sponsors and partners:

The Rubinstein Music Academy

The Museum of Russian Art

Slavic Experience 2021 festival

Schmitt Music

Zerkalo Russian Media of Minnesota

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Maple Grove Bandshell

7991 Main Street

Maple Grove, MN 55369

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