St. Mark's Music Series (Oct 24)
Updated: Oct 29
A Concert for Two Trumpets and Organ
October 24, 2022 | 7:00 p.m
Our Director of Music and Organist Kathrine Handford, along with Charles Lazarus and Douglas Carlsen from the trumpet section of the Minnesota Orchestra, will present the opening concert in the Saint Mark’s Music Series on Monday, October 24 at 7 pm. The concert, featuring the 1979 Hendrickson organ, Opus 51, is free – donations accepted. All are welcome.
The concert will include works by John Gardner, Alan Hovhaness, Alexandre Cellier, Hans-André Stamm, Jackson Berkey, J.S.Bach, and Guinga/Blanc among others.
A Full Press Release is below:
The Church of Saint Mark
2001 Dayton Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Newly appointed Director of Music and Organist Kathrine Handford, along with Charles Lazarus and Douglas Carlsen from the trumpet section of the Minnesota Orchestra, will present the opening concert in the Saint Mark’s Music Series on Monday, October 24 at 7 pm. The concert, featuring the 1979 Hendrickson organ (Opus 51) is free – donations accepted. All are welcome.
The church is located at 2001 Dayton Avenue.
The concert will include works by John Gardner, Alan Hovhaness, Alexandre Cellier, Hans-André Stamm Jackson Berkey, J.S.Bach and Guinga/Blanc among others.
Charles Lazarus has been a member of the Minnesota orchestra since 2000. Lazarus made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York String Orchestra at the age of 19 while still a student at the Juilliard School in New York. Since then, he has soloed with dozens of orchestras and ensembles throughout North America and has performed and taught master classes in every U.S. state, Canada, South America and throughout Europe and Asia. He's been a member of several of the best-known brass ensembles in the world including Canadian Brass, Dallas Brass and Meridian Arts Ensemble, and has performed with Empire Brass, London Brass and the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass. He has also performed his original compositions at the Montreal and Ottawa international jazz festivals, opened for Tony Bennett, and performed with Barry White and Joe Williams. Charles has performed and taught master classes in every US state, Canada, throughout Asia and Europe, and currently serves as adjunct faculty at the
University of Minnesota.
Douglas Carlsen joined the Minnesota Orchestra as associate principal trumpet in 1999, after holding the principal trumpet post with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and since has been featured here in Sommerfest chamber music performances and performances of Copland’s Quiet City, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and Sibelius' Overture for Brass Septet, among others. He has served as acting associate principal with the San Francisco Symphony and performed with the San Diego Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Houston Symphony, Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
A committed chamber musician, Carlsen has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra,
Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, Banff Summer Music Festival, Summit Brass and Uptown Brass Quintet. He has participated in music festivals throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, and he has recorded Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets with David Hickman on the Summit Records label. Carlsen, a native of Nebraska, learned music from both of his parents. He attended Arizona State University, where he was a student of David Hickman and Anthony Plog. He and his wife, Naoko, live in Excelsior, where they enjoy gardening, golfing and taking long walks with their rat terrier, Koko. They also love to explore Japan, Naoko’s native country.
Kathrine Handford is the newly appointed Director of Music and Organist at the Church of Saint Mark. She is a musician of wide-ranging interests and accomplishments. She has appeared in recital throughout Europe and Scandinavia where she has been a featured artist at international music festivals. Handford was the winner of the 35th International J.S. Bach Competition held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In the same year, she received first prize in the John R. Rodland Scholarship Competition in New Jersey. She has received many grants and awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Concordia College, St. Paul, and the
Eastman School of Music, where she received the highly coveted Performer’s Certificate in Organ Performance. In 2020, she received a diploma in Recording and Production Arts from the University of Stavanger in Norway. As a specialist in 17th century music, she has performed numerous recitals with the Swedish natural trumpet virtuoso Niklas Eklund and the Australian Baroque Brass. She is subdean of the Twin Cities Chapter American Guild of Organists, chair of the program committee and serves as co-chair of the North Central Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists to be held in the Twin Cities, July 4-7, 2023. She is a board member of the American Composers Forum and a member of the Artist Advisory Task Force. She is also University Organist and Instructor of Organ at Concordia University in St. Paul.