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REGULAR READING SESSIONS
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WINTER CONCERT

MINNEHAHA REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Craig Randal Johnson, Conductor
Daniel Keeler, Cello
Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina, Minnesota
January 19, 2020 at 3 PM
Free concert and parking
Donations gratefully accepted

PROGRAM
Ludwig van Beethoven: Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124 (composed 1822)
Ernest Bloch:  Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Solo Cello and Orchestra (composed 1916) 
Daniel Keeler, Solo Cellist
– Short Intermission – 
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (revised version composed 1851)

Cellist Daniel Keeler and the Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra will perform the dramatic and powerful Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for cello and orchestra, by Ernest Bloch.

Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) was raised and came of age in Switzerland. He subsequently moved to the United States and had an outstanding career as a composer and educator. Bloch composed three major works in what became his ‘Jewish Cycle’ (1915-16), as the composer sought to define his Jewish musical identity. ‘Schelomo’, the Hebrew form of Solomon, is the third and last, and arguably most famous and often played selection of the three. The solo cello in dialog with the orchestra tells of the trials and final fall of King Solomon. Bloch’s music is enormously descriptive. powerful and above all passionate. The solo cello part is an expressive tour de force matched by dramatic orchestral writing.

DANIEL KEELER, Cello
Minnesota born cellist Daniel Keeler is a passionate musician, composer, and educator. Winner of the 2017 Missouri Emerging Artist Competition and praised for his “Lush” and “Energetic” playing, Daniel has performed across the United States as a soloist, orchestral, and collaborative musician.

As a performing contemporary musician, Daniel has performed a vast array of contemporary works in various solo recitals and with groups such as the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, at the Missouri International Composers Festival, and even with the pop group Trampled by Turtles. He also held an assistantship with the University of Missouri New Music Ensemble-the leading contemporary ensemble in Central Missouri and part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

As an orchestral musician, his leadership roles span nearly a dozen orchestras at the community, collegiate, and professional levels. Accolades include appearances as a soloist with the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Columbia Civic Orchestra. Soloist appearances include concertos and concert pieces by Bloch, Dvorak, Haydn, Lalo, and Popper.

As an educator, Daniel is an Orchestra Director for Mounds View Public Schools, and teaches as a private lesson instructor to students of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Additionally, he has been the resident cellist for several music festivals around the states of Minnesota and Missouri, including the North Shore Summer Music Experience-a festival in Duluth, Minnesota involving musicians of all ages.

In his free time Daniel enjoys hiking, canoeing, and backpacking around the United States, as well as boating excursions on the grand Lake Superior.

Daniel is currently a doctoral student in cello performance and pedagogy at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in cello performance, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Music Education. His primary teachers include Tanya Remenikova, Eli Lara, Betsy Husby, and John Madura.

Past Events

MINNEHAHA MUSIC REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Craig Randal Johnson, Conductor
Archer Brown, Violin
Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina, Minnesota
January 20, 2019

Watch & Listen

MINNEHAHA MUSIC GATHERING
Each spring the Orchestra gathers to celebrate its season, thank donors and enjoy chamber music provided by various members of the Orchestra.

INNERCITY TENNIS GALA
String Quartet
Members of the MRO have provided entertainment at the annual event for the past 4 years.

GREG BARRETT MASTERCLASS
Masterclass with Orchestra Students
Edina High School, Edina, Minnesota
October 20, 2017

MINNEHAHA MUSIC REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Craig Randal Johnson, Conductor
Deborah Elias, Flamenco Dance
Dragseth Auditorium, Edina, Minnesota
November 13th, 2016

MINNEHAHA MUSIC REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Open Rehearsal
Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina, Minnesota
April 16, 2016

EL SISTEMA
4th Annual Instrument Ceremony
Members of the Orchestra with El Sistema Students
North High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
December 1, 2015

MINNEHAHA MUSIC REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Craig Randal Johnson, Conductor
Elizabeth York, Violin Soloist
Dragseth Auditorium, Edina, Minnesota
November 8, 2015

MINNEHAHA MUSIC REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Inaugural Concert
Craig Randal Johnson, Conductor
Justin Berkowitz, Tenor Soloist
Dragseth Auditorium in Edina, Minnesota
November 9, 2014