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A Kaleidoscope of Light: Songs from the Nordic and Latin Countries

  • The Baroque Room 275 East 4th Street Suite #280 Saint Paul, MN 55101 USA (map)

Sophie Amelkin, soprano and friends
A Kaleidoscope of Light: Songs from the Nordic and Latin Countries

$10 Suggested Donation

Pre-concert lecture with Dr. Javier Arrebola at 6:30-7:15 P.M.

Sophie Amelkin, soprano
Anna Christofaro, soprano
Harrison Hintzsche, baritone
Javier Arrebola, piano

Join us for an evening of beautiful narratives told through songs from Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The program includes gems from beloved composers such as Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius, Ture Rangström, and many more. The second half of the program takes us on a journey to Spain to explore the passion of art song and its evolution beginning with Sephardic music from Iberia and moving through modern Spain and into Latin America.


Som stjärnan uppå himmelen så klar (Swedish folk song)
Edvard Grieg: 
Modersorg Op. 15, Stambogsrim, En Svane, Op. 25, No. 2 (Ibsen), Solveigs sang Op. 23, No. 12 (Ibsen)
Hugo Alfvén: 
Skogen sover Op. 28, No. 6, Saa tag mit Hjerte
Tor Aulin: Till en Ros
Wilhelm Stenhammar: Lutad mot gärdet, Vandraren    
Ture Rangström: Afskedet (Bergman), Bön till natten (Bergman)
Jean Sibelius: 
Soluppgång Op. 37, No. 3 (Hedberg), Demanten på Marssnön, Norden Op. 90, No. 1 (Runeberg)
Ofer Ben-Amots: 
Kantigas ulvidadas: Prelude, Kantigas ulvidadas: Solo kon ti                          
Joaquín Rodrigo: Pastorcito Santo, Por mayo era (Anon.)   
Enrique Granados: El majo discreto          
Fernando Obradors: Al amor (Castillejo), El majo celoso, Del cabello más sutil
Alberto Ginastera: Danza de la Moza Donosa, Canción al Árbol del Olvido    
Carlos Guastavino: Préstame tu pañuelito, Abismo de sed
Alberto Ginastera: Zamba, Pampamapa (Lima Quintana), Gracias a la Vida

Javier Arrebola is a pianist, chamber musician, vocal coach and scholar driven to enhance students’ and audiences’ understanding of music through exploration of history, politics, literature, poetry, geography, artwork, and music theory.

His professional activities have taken place in over ten countries throughout Europe, North America, and Latin America. Among other engagements, he is regularly on faculty at Tanglewood Music Center, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, and SongFest at The Colburn School in Los Angeles.

Arrebola holds a Doctor of Music Degree and a Masters Degree in Piano from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland), as well as degrees in Piano and in Chamber Music from the Madrid Royal Conservatory (Spain). He has served on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as Visiting Assistant Professor in Voice/Collaborative Piano, and he is currently the Chair ad interim of the Collaborative Piano Department at Boston University.

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Anna Christofaro is gaining recognition as an interpreter of a wide range of repertoire from early to contemporary music. She performs both as a soloist and ensemble singer across the world. She performed on the 2018 GRAMMY nominated album, Tyberg Masses, with the South Dakota Chorale. Other highlights include performing at the Olavfestagene Festival in Trondheim, Norway with the GRAMMY award-winning ensemble, Conspirare, as well as performing under the baton of Bach scholar Helmuth Rilling at the Weimar Bach Academy and the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart in Germany.

This season Anna appeared as the soprano soloist in Fauré's Requiem with the Minnesota Chorale and Handel's Messiah in Minneapolis. She was also featured in a concert of music by local composer, Steve Heitzeg. Other solo appearances include Vivaldi's Gloria with Consortium Carissimi, Handel's Ulrecht Te Deum, Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, and Mozart's Regina Coeli. Anna has also performed on the operatic stage as the role of First Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy.  

Anna holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  

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Harrison Hintzsche is quickly gaining recognition as an avid recitalist, concert singer, and ensemble musician. The Minneapolis-based baritone has been praised for his warm lyric tone, musical subtlety, and dedication to text. Hintzsche made his Wigmore Hall debut in January, 2018 in a collaborative recital on the songs of Franz Schubert with pianist Graham Johnson. Hintzsche can be found performing with some of the many Twin-Cities-based choral ensembles, such as The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, The Minnesota Chorale, and MPLS (imPulse). He was also a member of the 2017 Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart JSB Ensemble with conductors Helmuth Rilling, Hans-Christoph Rademann, and Kathy Saltzman Romey. Harrison holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from St. Olaf College, where he toured with the St. Olaf Choir and Dr. Anton Armstrong and studied voice with Dr. Robert C. Smith.

Soprano Sophie Amelkin, who has been praised for her “vibrant stage presence” (Twin Cities Star Tribune) performs actively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States.

Recent appearances include performances of Libby Larsen’s monodrama The Magdalene as a Professional Fellow at SongFest in LA, soprano soloist in the world premiere of Paul John Rudoi’s Sermon on the Mount with Magnum Chorum, Faure’s Requiem with the St. John’s Music Series, and as a featured soloist for Ērik Ešenvald’s O Salutaris Hostia with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Recent stage credits include Despina (Così fan tutte), St. Teresa of Avila (Four Saints in Three Acts), Bianca (La Rondine), and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro).

As a chamber musician and ensemble singer, Sophie performs regularly with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, Brevitas (upcoming) and the Twin Cities based ensemble MPLS (imPulse). In 2018, Sophie will appear in collaboration with Skål Chamber Collective in its debut concert in St. Paul, MN.

Sophie holds degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (B.M.) and the University of Minnesota (M.M.)