This “review” is rather delayed, but let’s just say that the fact that I’m writing about it more than two weeks after the performance means that it was quite a concert. (It also means that I have two little sopranos stealing my attention, but still, it was a good concert.)
On Sunday, October 23, 2011, the Saint Paul Civic Symphony played a concert of epic music – “Gustav Mahler’s Musical Journey” – at the grand Landmark Center in Saint Paul. It was part of the Landmark Center’s series Sundays at Landmark. Kudos to both the Landmark Center and the SPCS for providing such high quality music experience for the public at no cost. This particular concert drew my attention because of their guest pianist, Andrew Staupe, a former classmate of mine at the University of Minnesota.
Two days prior to this event was the day that Nathan and I went to hear Cantus at Colonial. This was a little odd for two reasons. First, I honestly rarely get out to concerts much these days, so to hit up two in a single weekend was a change, and a welcome one. Second, this venue was, for me, another step into the past. The last time I was at the Landmark Center was in the fall of 2003 when Nathan and I performed there for a wedding – one of our many fun memories of collaborating back when we were just friends.
Speaking of weddings, I do believe that our wedding in 2007 was the last time we saw Andrew, who so beautifully played for our ceremony and reception. On this day in St. Paul, Andrew commanded the keys with all manner of regality called for by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor.” I have always been so impressed by the intentionality with which Andrew plays. He makes it very clear that each note, each sound, each nuance is on purpose. He has no fear of the mamoth instrument in front of him as he basks in the atmosphere that his highly trained fingers create.
Sunday, December 4, 3:00pm, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North Saint Paul, music of Ives, Finzi, and Glazunov
The next time to hear Andrew Staupe in MN is
January 6-7, Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, Mozart Concerto K. 491