Music Concerts

thursday musical group

sunday, march 24, 2 pm

Enjoy two concerts from The Thursday Musical Group concert with Helen Bilhorn Baumgartner and Paul Baumgartner on piano, and Scotty Horey on percussion.

Helen Bilhorn Baumgartner is a graduate in piano and violin of the Preparatory Department of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She received her B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College. She holds a master’s degree from the Eastman School and a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Minnesota. She has appeared as piano soloist with the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler, the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic, and the Sendai City Symphony.

Paul Baumgartner is a graduate of Heidelberg University (Ohio). He completed the M.M. at the Eastman School of Music, did additional graduate study at Indiana University and was awarded a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Scott Horey is currently Assistant Professor/Lecturer of Percussion at the University of Minnesota-Morris and Principal Percussionist of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. His passions in music and teaching include classical music, jazz/fusion, solo marimba.

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beethoven, braHMS, & BRIDGE

Sunday, march 31, 2 PM

Salam Murtada (piano) and Lindsay Schlemmer (cello) will perform works by Fran Bridge, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms.

A civil and environmental professional engineer currently working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Salam Murtada is a native of Amman, Jordan. He was a semi-finalist in the Fourth Van Cliburn International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004, a semi-finalist in the Washington International Piano Artist Competition in 2006 and a prize winner in the Greensboro Music Academy National Piano Competition in 2000. He has premiered his original compositions in the US, Australia, Ukraine and Jordan.

Cellist Lindsay Schlemmer completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Cello Performance in 2018 and was a Berneking Fellow at the University of Minnesota. In addition to giving solo recitals, she was featured performing the Prelude to Reger’s Solo Suite No. 3, on a live broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio in April 2016. Lindsay is a founding member of the Meadowlark String Quartet. Lindsay teaches at the University of Minnesota-Morris, is on the Board of Thursday Musical as chair of Music in Our Schools, and is the Executive Director and Cello Faculty for the Saint Mary’s University String Festival. She also teaches a full private studio from her home in South Minneapolis.


Sunday, April 7, 2 PM

Enjoy the Owatonna Middle School Chamber Orchestra concert under the direction of Lisa Revier and Jazz Band director Joe Zastrow. The energy and quality of these students will amaze you!



Saturday, April 13, 7 PM

The acapella group “The Bad Tangerines” is giving a benefit concert for the Arts Center. This amazing group of talented local voices include Jodie DeKam, Michael & Tammi Ferch, Mark Sebring, and Tim Van Gelder. They don’t need any accompaniment as they are the full orchestra. There will be popular songs and humor for all to enjoy. Tickets are $15 for Arts Center members, and $20, for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased at Kottke’s and the Arts Center. Join us for an evening of fun and music.


Sunday, April 28, 2 PM

Accomplished musicians from the Shattuck St. Mary’s pre-conservatory program will perform a repertoire including Anton Arensky, Piano Tri in D Minor, Anton Dovrak, Piano Quintet #2 in A major, Jacques Ibert, Entr’acte and Mozart works. The performers include Cate Carson, Daniela Castillo Esquivel, Ana Dinis Perez, Angela Dinis Perez, John Lee, Juntak Lee, Kirill Nazarov, Vinh Nguyen, Harrison Oh, Jeremiah Samuels James Thompson and Isabel Toe. The concert is open to public. Come and hear these aspiring young people, who one day may go on concert tours around the world.

"When There's Good to Be Done"

saturday, may 4, at 2 pm (rescheduled from march 9)


Minneapolis folk singer-songwriter duo “Curtis & Loretta” will appear at the Owatonna Arts Center on Saturday, May 4, at 2 pm to present their program, “When There’s Good to Be Done.”

The award-winning husband and wife duo gathered together a stellar cast of characters for this collection of songs. Loretta wrote about real-life, ordinary people, who overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges in their lives, and came out stronger for the journey. These are story-songs of courage, resilience, kindness and determination.


There’s a rich tapestry of inspiration and riveting drama offered by the people (mostly Minnesotans) she sought out to interview and write about, including two men who grew up at the Owatonna State Orphanage, Harvey Ronglien and Peter Razor. The hour-long concert will be followed by a question and answer session with Peter Razor, who is an award-winning author. Refreshments will follow.

There are also songs about a couple who married “against the odds” in 1947; a WWII vet whose ship was sunk by Kamikazes, and who saved another man’s life; a woman who donated a kidney to a little girl she’d never met; a woman who grew up in poverty in Somalia and became a nurse at Mayo Clinic; a couple raising kids on the severe end of the autism spectrum, and many more.

All the songs are crafted with Loretta’s poignant story-telling style, and presented with Curtis & Loretta’s signature tight vocal harmonies and array of stringed instruments, including folk harp, mandocello, guitars, and clawhammer banjo. Owatonna is one stop on a 22-city concert tour that Curtis & Loretta are presenting across the state.

$5 donation per person suggested.

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