Knoepfel Leads Philharmonic Sunday

Posted on May 9th, 2011 by

The Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra

The Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra

The Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra will present its final performance of the year under the baton of Justin Knoepfel on Sunday, May 15. The 18-member string ensemble will begin the concert at 1:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Sunday’s performance will open with the String Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Felix Mendelssohn and continue with John Rutter’s Suite for Strings. Three Pieces in the Old Style by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 20 will conclude the program.

Conductor Justin Knoepfel is in his second year as Visiting Instructor in Violin and Viola and Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra. He graduated from Luther College with a degree in Violin Performance in 2004. Two years later he received his Master of Music degree in viola from the University of Minnesota and recently earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in viola performance with a secondary emphasis in music theory at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music. He has participated as a performer and teacher in various programs including Dorian Music Festival, Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, Salem Music Academy, Bravo!, and the International Viola Congress, and as a substitute violist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and former principal violist of Exultate Chorus & Orchestra.

Justin Knoepfel will lead the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra in Sunday’s performance that will begin in Björling Recital Hall at 1:30 p.m. The performance will be free and open to the public.


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