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Students Perform at MacPhail Center's Junior Honors Recital
Students Perform at MacPhail Center's Junior Honors Recital

Four Minnetonka students from across the District were selected to perform at the MacPhail Center for Music's Junior Honors Recital, which took place on March 1. This high-level recital for exceptional young musicians honors students in strings, piano, guitar, wind, brass, percussion, and voice. In order to qualify for the recital, students had to perform an audition piece for a panel of judges from the MacPhail faculty. Of the 50 students who auditioned, only 24 were selected to perform.

"In short, being selected for an Honors Recital is a prestigious distinction as the overall musical and artistic quality is very high," says Jon Iverson, Student Performance Coordinator for MacPhail Center for Music. "It's a nice achievement to be selected to perform in an Honors Recitals, regardless of the student's age."

The following Minnetonka students have been selected to perform in the recital:

  • Eira Lindberg, Kindergartener at Scenic Heights Elementary, performed an excerpt from "Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 356," by Antonio Vivaldi, on her violin. Eira, who is six years old, will be the youngest student performing in the recital.
  • Luke Soneral, fourth grader at Excelsior Elementary, performed "Toccata Brillante," by Dennis Alexander.
  • Matthias Murdych, fourth grader at Scenic Heights Elementary, was selected for his accomplishments with piano. He and his brother Lukas will be performing "Concerto for Lute and Two Violins in D major, RV 93, Mvt. I: Allegro," by Antonio Vivaldi.
  • Lukas Murdych, sixth grader at Minnetonka Middle School East, joined Matthias in playing "Concerto for Lute and Two Violins in D major, RV 93, Mvt. I: Allegro," on classical guitar. Additionally, he performed "Prelude No. 1 in E minor," by Heitor Villa-Lobos, as a solo piece.

"I want to thank my teachers, Mark Bjork, Beth Turco, Alison Fahy, and Mom for helping me learn the instruments I love," says Eira Lindberg, one of the students selected to perform in the recital. "It was a lot of fun to play my violin in group at out-and-about events. I bring my violin with me everywhere I travel. I feel very happy sharing my favorite music with everyone!"

Photos from the Event

MacPhail Center for Music's Junior Honors Recital 1

Pictured above: Lukas (Minnetonka Middle School East) and Matthias Murdych (Scenic Heights Elementary School). Matthias is fourth from the left in the first row. Lukas, his brother, is immediately over his left should in the second row.

MacPhail Center for Music's Junior Honors Recital 2

Pictured above: Eira Lindberg (Scenic Heights Elementary School), third from the left.


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