Minneapolis resident Käri Tweiten has brought her childhood love of music into adulthood by playing bass in local rock bands and composing solo piano pieces. When entering the contest, she tried her hand at composing ensemble music for the first time. The result, entitled When Water Dreams, is a fluid and spirited piece that combines the perpetual and erratic energy of flowing water.
Like many kids, I took piano lessons throughout my childhood. Once I turned 13 though, I started playing electric bass and decided that was much cooler than piano. While I never took more than a couple bass lessons, I played for just about every band, choir, group, ensemble or concert that asked and learned much in the process. In my 20s and 30s I mostly played in local original rock bands. A couple years ago I acquired my childhood family piano when my parents moved. I began playing again and for the first time, began composing solo pieces for piano. I was hooked. With the Eric Stokes song contest I decided to try something new by writing for an ensemble. I originally submitted the piece for last year’s contest. It didn’t win, but I did get some wonderful, useful feedback. This year I reworked the piece, resubmitted it, and the result is what will be played at the concert.
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
March 15, 2 p.m.
Nazareth Chapel at University of Northwestern
3003 Snelling Ave. North, St. Paul
$10 Friday and Sunday
free Sunday for UNSP students
With winning songs from our Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composer Abbie Betinis, our annual Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard. The program includes the world premiere of Betinis’s new work commissioned by Zeitgeist plus Nattsanger, her award-winning song cycle featuring guest soprano Alyssa Anderson.