MN Orch Oboist John Snow at Gustavus Wednesday

Posted on March 12th, 2012 by

Oboist John Snow

Oboist John Snow

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to welcome Minnesota Orchestra’s Associate Principal Oboist John Snow to Jussi Björling Recital Hall for a trio concert with Gustavus faculty Peter McGuire, violin and Esther Wang, piano, Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Department of Music, this guest appearance by Mr. Snow is free and open to the public.

Associate Principal Oboe of The Minnesota Orchestra John Snow—former principal oboe of the New Zealand Symphony and former acting principal for ensembles as varied as the Santa Fe Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Pittsburgh Symphony—became a member of the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999. He 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 oncertante under the direction of Sarah Hicks, and Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, in January 2011 concerts led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä.

Snow received a master’s degree in music from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Ronald Roseman. He has taught at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas in Austin, and joined the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2000.

Snow and Wang will open this performance with Sonata for oboe and piano by Francis Poulenc. McGuire and Wang continue with Johnannes Brahms’ Sonata for piano and violin. The trio will then come to the stage to perform the six-movement Suite Populaire Espagnole by Manuel de Falla and conclude with J. S. Bach’s Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039.

Wednesday’s guest trio performance featuring Oboist John Snow begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 14 in Björling Recital Hall. The performance will be followed by a reception for the musicians in the recital hall lobby. The performance is free and open to the public.


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