A Fond Farewell

September 25, 2017

The Colonial Chamber Series closes with A Fond Farewell, our final concert dedicated to our loyal audiences and supporters since our founding in 2005. Co-artistic directors Ellen Dinwiddie Smith and J. Christopher Marshall welcome all to savor the delights of classic chamber music at Colonial Church: Mozart’s Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452, Pastorale by Igor Stravinsky, and Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D-Major, Op. 11. Admission is free as a gift to all.

Artists: Lydia Artymiw, piano; Marni Hougham, English horn; J. Christopher Marshall, bassoon; Peter McGuire, violin; Kathryn Nettleman, bass; David Pharris, clarinet; Pitnarry Shin, cello; Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn; John Snow, oboe; Gregory Williams, clarinet; Wendy Williams, flute; Gareth Zehngut, viola.



Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Largo – Allegro moderato
Larghetto in B flat major

Lydia Artymiw, piano
John Snow, oboe
Gregory Williams, clarinet
Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn
J.Christopher Marshall, bassoon


Igor Stravinsky (1882 — 1971)

Peter McGuire, violin
John Snow, oboe
Marni Hougham, English horn
David Pharris, clarinet
J. Christopher Marshall, bassoon

Serenade No. 1 in D-Major, Op. 11
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Allegro molto
Scherzo: Allegro non troppo; Trio: Poco più mosso
Adagio non troppo
Menuetto I; Menuetto II
Scherzo: Allegro
Rondo: Allegro 

Wendy Williams, flute
Gregory Williams and David Pharris, clarinet
J. Christopher Marshall, bassoon
Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn
Peter McGuire, violin
Gareth Zehngut, viola
Pitnarry Shin, cello
Kathryn Nettleman, bass 



Lydia Artymiw

The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize, Philadelphia-born Lydia Artymiw has performed with over one hundred orchestras world-wide including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Solo recital tours have taken her to all major American cities and to important European music centers, and throughout the Far East.  She has performed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Ukraine, Estonia, Finland, and Poland, as well as in China, Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. More


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Marni Hougham

Marni J. Hougham joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1997, taking the John Gilman Ordway Chair for English horn. In 2011 and 2006 she was featured in performances of Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela, both times under the baton of Osmo Vänskä; she performed and recorded the work with the Orchestra earlier under Eiji Oue. In October 2008 she was a soloist in performances of Copland’s Quiet City under the direction of Sarah Hicks.

A Los Angeles native, Hougham studied with William Criss at the University of Southern California. She has often been a guest player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; she has also served as assistant principal oboe/English horn of the San Antonio Symphony and was a member of the New World Symphony from 1990 to 1993. Additionally, she has played with the Cape Town Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Honolulu Symphony.

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J. Christopher Marshall

Texas native J. Christopher Marshall, a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1999, earned his master’s degree in bassoon performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. He holds two undergraduate degrees from Northwestern University: one in bassoon performance and the other in mechanical engineering. Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra, Marshall was a member of Florida’s New World Symphony.

Marshall has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in performances of Dietter’s Concerto for Two Bassoons in 2008, reprising the work in subsequent seasons, most recently in November 2014. He has also performed as a soloist with the Bloomington and Mankato symphonies. He has appeared with the Boston Symphony and Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony, and has participated in numerous music festivals, including Tanglewood, Pacific and Spoleto. As a clinician, he has led master classes and sectionals for many universities as well as community and youth orchestras. More

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Peter McGuire

Peter McGuire was previously a member of the Minnesota Orchestra from 2003 to 2012. Peter joins the orchestra again this season after serving as a Second Concertmaster with the Tonhalle Orchester-Zürich for three years.

McGuire began his career as first violinist in the Pioneer String Quartet and Des Moines Symphony, and has served as Guest Principal Second Violin with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. 

Peter McGuire has performed as Guest Concertmaster with the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, Zürich Opera, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Gürzenich Orchester-Cologne, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, All-Star Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

A frequent chamber musician and soloist, McGuire has been featured with the Minnesota Orchestra for the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and has performed with ensembles throughout the US, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. A frequent adjudicator, he has given masterclasses throughout the U.S. and Switzerland.


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Kathryn Nettleman

Kathryn Nettleman, who joined the Minnesota Orchestra in fall 2009, has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Southeast Asia. Prior to her move to Minnesota, she served as principal bass of the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Edo de Waart, former music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. From summer 2012 to February 2015 she served as the Orchestra’s acting co-principal bass; in April 2015 she was named acting associate principal bass.             

Nettleman worked for years as a freelance musician, performing as a regular substitute player with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Chicago Lyric Opera. As a chamber musician and solo recitalist she has performed in Hong Kong, across China and at Midwestern venues. She makes frequent appearances in local chamber music series including The Musical Offering, as well as in the Orchestra’s own chamber programs. In 2011 she performed as soloist with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, playing the Dittersdorf Bass Concerto. More              


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David Pharris

David Pharris, who served as the Minnesota Orchestra’s acting associate principal clarinet from 2014 to 2016, was familiar to local audiences even before he joined the Orchestra in 2007: he had been onstage with the Orchestra since 2005, one year each as interim associate principal clarinet and as a section member. Since then he has performed Glinka’s Trio pathétique and Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind on the Orchestra’s chamber music series. He played Judd Greenstein’s At the End of a Really Great Day following Inside the Classics concerts in 2012.

During 2013-14 Pharris served as an interim member of the Houston Symphony’s clarinet section; in 2012-13 he played many weeks with the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Florida Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera and New York City Opera, and since 2009 he has been a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. More


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Pitnarry Shin

Pitnarry Shin was a member of the Minnesota Orchestra cello section from 2001 to 2006, then spent six years in New York and, after returning to the Twin Cities, won reappointment to the Orchestra in 2012. In the interim she performed regularly with the New York Philharmonic and worked on a doctorate at Stony Brook University.

Shin, who was born in Korea, has participated in international festivals from Edinburgh, Colmar and Evian to Ravinia, Tanglewood and Banff. She has toured the U.S., Europe and Korea, served as guest co-principal of the London Symphony and performed as soloist with ensembles including the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, her native country’s largest orchestra. 

Shin was raised largely in the U.S., being just seven years old when her family moved to New York. She completed undergraduate music studies at the Curtis Institute, followed by graduate school at Yale University, additional work at the Juilliard School and, when she won a Fulbright scholarship, further studies in Germany. She is married to Kyu-Young Kim, principal second violin and director of artistic planning with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

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Ellen Dinwiddie Smith

Ellen Dinwiddie Smith has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1993 and currently serves as third horn. She also contributes to Twin Cities musical life as the creator of a chamber music series, guest soloist, chamber music performer and private instructor. Recently Smith was a regular substitute musician with the Cleveland Orchestra; she also performed with the Kennedy Center Orchestra and was substitute principal horn with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras.

Smith developed the Colonial Chamber Series, launched in 2006, and organized the Musicians for Tsunami Relief benefit concert, both held at Colonial Church in Edina. She has performed with the Lakes Chamber Music Society in Alexandria, Minnesota, and the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival. She collaborated on the Dale Warland Singers’ CD Britten, Bernstein, et al., as a soloist in Aharon Harlap’s Bat Yiftach (Jephthah’s Daughter). More


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John Snow

Associate Principal Oboe John Snow joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999, after serving as principal oboe of the New Zealand Symphony. He served as Acting Principal Oboe from February 2014 through December 2016. He has performed as guest principal for the major symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Detroit and Washington, D.C., as well as for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Santa Fe Opera and Seattle Opera, the latter for their production of Wagner’s complete Ring cycle. He was also a member of the oboe sections in the National Symphony of Costa Rica, Detroit Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York). Snow has won two McKnight Fellowships for Performing Musicians, one each in 2005 and 2011. In 2008 he was featured with three Orchestra colleagues in performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante under the direction of Sarah Hicks. He performed another Mozart work, the Oboe Concerto, in January 2011 concerts led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Most recently, in October 2015, he was featured in Minnesota Orchestra concerts performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. More


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Gregory T. Williams

Gregory T. Williams joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2006 as associate principal clarinet and E-flat clarinet, and he made his first solo appearances with the ensemble in 2007, performing Debussy’s Première rapsodie. In March 2014 he was named acting principal clarinet. At Sommerfest 2014 he performed chamber works including Mozart’s Gran Partita Serenade. In prior seasons he has appeared on the Orchestra’s chamber series in performances of Mozart’s Piano Quintet, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, the Schoenberg Wind Quintet and Villa-Lobos’ Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon.

Before arriving in Minnesota, Williams served as principal clarinet with the Kansas City Symphony for three of his four years there. He held the principal chair in the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra during the summers of 2005 and 2006 and has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony and the Aspen Festival Orchestra, in the latter as second and E-flat clarinet fellow, from 1998 to 2000. From 2012 to 2014, he performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, as well as the Boston, Cincinnati and San Antonio Symphonies. More


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Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams joined the Minnesota Orchestra as second flute in 1992. She came to Minnesota with a decade of experience, having played principal flute with the Houston Ballet and Texas Chamber Orchestra, second flute and piccolo with Houston Grand Opera and second flute with the Houston Symphony. As a soloist in Minnesota Orchestra subscription concerts, she has been featured with Principal Harp Kathy Kienzle in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp and will join Principal Flute Adam Kuenzel in performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in 2017. A regular chamber music performer, she has played in many Minnesota Orchestra offerings as well as for the Colonial Chamber Series.

An Ohio native, Williams earned three degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Kyril Magg. She has played in the flute sections of major American orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and St. Louis Symphony, and has performed in the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes and the Lakes Area Music Festival. More


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Gareth Zehngut

Violist Gareth Zehngut joined the Minnesota Orchestra in summer 2014, coming from the San Diego Symphony. While in San Diego he also performed frequently with the California Chamber Orchestra, serving as principal viola, and with Orchestra Nova.

Zehngut has participated in festivals including Mainly Mozart, Festival Mozaic, La Jolla SummerFest and the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival. He appeared regularly on the San Diego Symphony Chamber Music Series, as well as with Art of Elan and San Diego New Music. In summer 2013 he was a faculty member at the Luzerne Music Center, teaching viola and coaching chamber music.

A Pennsylvania native, Zehngut earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Misha Amory and Steven Tenenbom.