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Coffee Concert—Duo Ihana


Rie Tanaka, piano
Jesse Nummelin, cello

SPCM instructors Rie Tanaka, piano, and Jesse Nummelin, cello, perform a concert inspired by folk music, featuring composers all known for forging their cultural “folk” music into classical music.  The works of four composers from four different countries express four cultures through the same piano-cello ensemble.  This concert will offer a diverse and cross-cultural experience to the audience, and show how cultures, although different from one another, can speak to every one of us with a sense of belonging, comfort, and nostalgia. 

May we appreciate the difference among us, and also find similarity to bring us all together.

Four Pieces, Op. 78 by Jean Sibelius
I. Impromptu
II. Romance
III. Religious
IV. Rigaudon

Suite Populaire Espagnole by Manuel de Falla
I. El Paño moruno
II. Nana
III. Cancion
IV. Polo
V. Asturiana
VI. Jota

“Billy the Kid” for Cello and Piano by Aaron Copland
I. Waltz
II. Celebration

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 by Frederic Chopin
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo, Trio
III. Largo
IV. Finale

All concerts are at noon, are FREE to the public, and include coffee and bagels. After the performances there is an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts, and through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Additional funding is made possible by generous donations from Boss Foundation, Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, Ecolab Foundation, Anna M. Heilmaier Foundation and the Twin Cities Opera Guild and an Anonymous donor.

Earlier Event: February 5
Ivan Konev: "Bridges" CD Release Concert
Later Event: February 10
Suzuki Solo Recitals