On Thursday, May 15, a free concert featuring three professional musicians will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 602 Vermillion Street in Hastings at 7 pm. This concert is a collaboration between Thursday Musical and the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council (HPAAC). For more than 120 years, Thursday Musical has been dedicated to presenting fine classical music programs featuring outstanding local musicians and offering educational opportunities to artists and audiences alike.
A native of Hong Kong, Mimi Tung began piano studies at age 4. She earned her degree in piano performance from Santa Clara University and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding musical performance. Since moving to Minnesota, Mimi has performed at the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert series and the Thursday Musical Artist Series. In addition to being an active solo and collaborative pianist, Mimi currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Development at the University of Minnesota Foundation.
Soprano Melyssa Rice has performed opera roles, opera/operatorio solos in concert, and art songs in a variety of settings. Companies include Puget Sound Opera, Kitsap Opera, and Seattle Comic Opera (opera roles); the Seattle Opera (AGMA chorus); Minnesota Sinfonia and Hildman String Orchestra (solos with orchestra); and Cornish College of the Arts (guest artist), where she premiered the role of Tituba in the opera Gallows Hill. Ms. Rice has also created six solo concerts, and performed in over 20 group concerts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington and Alaska. A lifelong learner, she studies with Lawrence Weller and counts Janis Hardy, Awilda Verdejo and Erich Parce among her teachers. She has taught voice for over 20 years, maintains an active teaching studio in Prescott, WI, and has served as voice faculty at Seattle Central, South Seattle, Bellevue and Shoreline Community Colleges, as well as the Music Center of the Northwest.
Sarah Lockwood received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Depauw University (Greencastle, IN), and her Masters of Music degree in Accompanying and Coaching at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). Sarah has held staff accompanist positions at Carleton College , Augsburg College and MacPhail Center for Music. She has collaborated with participants competing in The Schubert Club, Thursday Musical and NATS annual competitions, as well as auditions for The Minnesota Opera Company. Sarah is also a private music teacher of violin, viola and piano. Living in Hastings, Minnesota, she often accompanies and volunteers for the Hastings Public Schools choir, orchestra and musical theater programs, and has worked as an assistant music director for the Black Dirt Community Theater productions.
There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering will be taken up. Information about Thursday Musical is available at http://www.ThursdayMusical.org and information about Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council is at http://www.hpaac.org.