Dr. Iva Ugrčić, flutist from Serbia, and Satoko Hayami, pianist from Japan, will perform a concert, “Reflections,” at two upcoming dates and locations. The first will be at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 West Broadway in Winona, on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. The second is set for Palm Sunday afternoon, April 14, at Old Main in Galesville at 2 p.m.
Ugrčić and Hayami received a very enthusiastic standing ovation when they performed at Old Main last year. April 13 will be their first time performing in Minnesota.
The concerts will also feature the Flutistry choir, led by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven of St. Mary’s University, and a choir of flutists from participating schools in Galesville, led by band director Brenda Gauchel. The music will direct attention to Jesus as an historic figure and offer reflections from his life, with works by Andre Jolivet, Doina Rotaru, Lili Boulanger, Gabriel Faure, Henir Dutilleus, Jennifer Higdon, and Gabriela Lena Frank. A piece honoring the Buddhist/Shinto tradition of Hayami as an inter-faith feature is included. (Ugrčić is from the Serbian Orthodox tradition.)
Dr. Ugrčić serves as the artistic director for the Rural Musicians Forum in Spring Green, Wis. After studies in Europe she was awarded the Paul Collins Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, where she completed her Doctorate of musical arts degree in 2017. Hayami is currently a Doctor of musical arts candidate at University of Wisconsin-Madison under the mentorship of Martha Fischer, and a recipient of Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellowship. She earned a master of music degree in piano chamber music and accompanying at Rice University in 2014, having already received a master’s degree in collaborative piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Both of these fine musicians have traveled the world performing before meeting in Madison, Wis.
A reception with refreshments will follow both concerts; entry charge for the Winona concert is by free-will offering to support the Charles Wesley Center for Sacred Music and Arts. Admission to the Old Main concert will be $10 for adults, $5 for college students, and free for those in high school and younger.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 114 West Broadway in Winona, and Old Main is located at 20869 College Avenue in Galesville.