Chopin Celebration Concerts | Twin Cities Polish Festival

2015 Chopin Celebration Concerts

Chopin Concerts - Twin Cities Polish Festival - Minneapolis, MN

Chopin Concerts – Twin Cities Polish Festival

The Twin Cities Polish Festival is very appreciative of our festival sponsors and a special appreciation goes out to Kieran Wells of Wells Pianos (St. Paul) who is organizing the event and Bonnie & William Frels who are sponsoring the Chopin Celebration Concert at the festival this year. The musicians from past festivals and the upcoming one are a combination of gifted, talented artists who deliver incredible musical performances for your listening pleasure.

The Chopin concerts will begin at 1:00 pm each day at the St. Anthony Main Theatre and last approximately 90 minutes.

Many thanks go to Kieran for providing the festival with the ability to present Chopin and other Polish composers, rendering these compositions at their finest, by incredible talented performers.

2015 Chopin Celebration Concerts Performance Schedule

Saturday 1PM

Madeline Pape 15
Chopin: Waltz in E minor (posthumous) (3 min) Sat/Sun
Chopin: Prelude in Dflat major “Raindrop” Op. 28, No. 15 (5 min)Sat/Sun
Rachmaninoff Prelude in Gsharp minor Op. 32, No.12 (3 min)Sat

Darian Hull age 6
Lotus Flowers Scher (1 min)
Buzzing Bee Nevin (1.5)

Jacob Taggart, age 8
Scarlatti 3 Sonatas K 29D Major, K 426G Minor K 39A Major (9 min) Sat/Sun
Chopin Waltz in A Flat Major, KKIVa (2 min) Sat/Sun
Chopin Etude in F Minor, Op 10 No 25 (2 min) Sat/Sun

Clara Belle Wrolstad 9
Two Bach Sinfonias (3 min)
Mozart Sonata in C Major K 330 1st. movement. (4 min)
Chopin Impromptu No. 1 in A Flat Major (4 min)
Chopin Waltz in A Flat Major (4 min)
Chopin Etude in f minor Op. posth. (2 min)

Shuen Dr. Braginsky 16
Bach Prelude and Fugue in F Major WTC 1 BWV 856 (2 min) Sat
Chopin Op. 10 No.15 Chopin dedicated the opus to Liszt” à mon ami Franz Liszt ” (to my friend, Franz Liszt). (11 min)Sat/Sun

Intermission: 10 minutes

Joseph Caswell 11
Etude, Op 25 No 12, (“Ocean” Etude), by Chopin (3 min)Sat/Sun
Ballade No 3 in Aflat major, Op 47, by Chopin (7 min)Sat/Sun

Emma Taggart 13
Bach Toccata in G Major, BWV 916 (7 min) Sat
Brahms Rhapsody in G Minor Op 79 No. 2 (7 min) Sat/Sun
MacDowell Praeludium from the First Modern Suite Op 10 (3 min) Sat/Sun
Chopin Waltz in E Minor, KKIV9 No. 15 (3 min) Sat/Sun


Caleb Borick 12

Chopin Ballade no.1 9 minutes (9 min)
Chopin Scherzo (10 min)

Total 107.5 minutes + 10 minute intermission

Sunday 1PM

Shuen Dr. Braginsky 16
Chopin Op. 10 No.15 Chopin dedicated the opus to Liszt – (11 min)Sat/Sun
” à mon ami Franz Liszt ” (to my friend, Franz Liszt).
Beethoven Rondo Caprizio Op.129 “rage over a lost penny” (5 min) Sun

Jacob Taggart, age 8
Scarlatti 3 Sonatas K 29D Major, K 426G Minor K 39A Major (9 min) Sat/Sun
Chopin Waltz in A Flat Major, KKIVa (2 min) Sat/Sun
Chopin Waltz in D flat Major, Op 64 No. 1

Clara Belle Wrolstad 9
Two Bach Sinfonias (3 min)
Mozart Sonata in C Major K 330 1st. movement. (4 min)
Chopin Impromptu No. 1 in A Flat Major (4 min)
Chopin Waltz in A Flat Major (4 min)
Chopin Etude in f minor Op. posth. (2 min)

Intermission: 10 minutes


Emma Taggart 13

Brahms Rhapsody in G Minor Op 79 No. 2 (7 min) Sat/Sun
MacDowell Praeludium from the First Modern Suite Op 10 (3 min) Sat/Sun
Chopin Waltz in E Minor, KKIV9 No. 15 (3 min) Sat/Sun
Barber Excursions No. 1 (3 min) Sun
Mendelssohn Andante and Rondo Capriccioso (6.5 min) Sun

Joseph Caswell 11
Etude, Op 25 No 12, (“Ocean” Etude), by Chopin (3 min)Sat/Sun
Ballade No 3 in Aflat major, Op 47, by Chopin (7 min)Sat/Sun

Caleb Borick 12
Chopin Ballade no.1 9 minutes (9 min)
Chopin Scherzo (10 min)

Total: 104.5 + 10 minute intermission

2015 Chopin Celebration Performer Bios

Caleb Connor Borick

Caleb Connor Borick, a homeschooled twelve year old from Charleston, SC, developed a love for classical music at an early age. He began piano lessons at the age of five and currently studies with internationally acclaimed pianist Svetlana Smolina. Caleb is a former student of Enrique Graf and Eunjoo Yun at the Charleston Academy of Music (CAM). He has performed throughout the Charleston area in events such as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League’s (CSOL) Designer Showhouse, the South Carolina Regional Arts Alliance Annual Spoleto Meeting, the Garden Club of Charleston’s annual luncheon, and the Special Olympics Gala. He has participated in multiple masterclasses and private lessons with Ilana Vered, and masterclasses with Shen Lu, Reid Smith, Andrew Armstrong, Sasha Starcevich, Luz Manriquez, Paolo Gualdi, and Raquel Boldorini.

Caleb Connor Borick, twin cities polish festival, minneapolis, mn, minnesota

Caleb Connor Borick

Caleb has been featured in Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival, annual CAM honors recitals, and special events including TEDxCharleston. In 2013, he opened the Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars Series with an encore performance, won the South Carolina Music Teachers Association Division II Concerto Competition for the state of South Carolina, and gave his first solo concert in the Young Artist Series of Fountain Inn, SC. He returned to Fountain Inn in October 2014 to join the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16. The Greenville News asserted that “Caleb brought a crisp articulation to the Grieg concerto, delivering the third movement folk dance with clarity and flair. He demonstrated a musicality well beyond his years, meanwhile, in the sensitively phrased lyrical passages of the second and third movements. His assured reading of the concerto’s dazzling cadenza was marvelous.” In March 2015, Caleb joined the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra for another performance of this concerto.

Since 2013, Caleb has been a CSOL Summer Studies scholarship recipient. In 2015 he won the top honors, receiving the Ruth and Barry Goldsmith Scholarship. In 2014, he won the Amidon-Hatfield piano award from the Charleston Music Club, and in 2015, the Claire McPhail Memorial Scholarship. In summer 2014, Caleb attended the Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) where he won the grand prize in the Festival’s all instruments all ages concerto competition. As the grand prize winner, he will perform a concerto with the Ocean City Pops in June 2016.



In June 2015, Caleb, the youngest of twenty-two international contestants, competed in the e-Piano Junior Competition in Minnesota. Later in June, Caleb joined the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) for their 20th Anniversary East Coast Tour to Carnegie Hall as their soloist. In a recent press release, conductor Dr. Jean Montès noted “GNOYO was honored to have pianist Caleb Borick join us on tour. A 12-year-old native of Charleston, SC, Caleb is a pianist who displays an inspiring level of maturity and musicianship.” Caleb also attended two music festivals this summer: PIMF in PA and Green Lake Chamber Music Camp in WI. While in WI, he appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Midday with Norman Gilliland performing both solo and chamber works. Caleb regularly plays concerts at local nursing homes and hospices. When he is not playing the piano, Caleb enjoys karate, reading, operas, hiking, and fishing.

Emma Taggart

Emma is a twelve year-old classically trained pianist who is on her way to becoming a world renowned concert pianist. By the age of 12, she has already won several competitions, both locally and internationally, taken master classes with legendary pianists, such as Nelita True and Oxana Yablonskaya, attended festivals in both the United States and Europe, and played with several orchestras.

Emma started lessons at age 4 with Mrs. Mary Carloni. After a year, she was referred on to Juilliard graduate, Dr. Reid Smith, whom she currently studies with.

Emma gave her first solo recital at the age of 6. She has won several awards and competitions, including the Varallo, Italy International Piano Festival Performance Award (2010), the Norma, Italy International Music Festival Award (2011), 2nd place in the MN State Fair Talent Competition (2011), 1st place at the Maria Herrero International Piano Competition in Granada, Spain (2012), 1st place in the North Star Concerto Competition (2013), the Wildwood Series Young Artist Award (2013) and Honorable Mention in the Thursday Musical Competition (2015). In the spring of 2013, she made her orchestral debut with the Minnetonka Orchestra, playing Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 in A Major.

Emma attended the Accademia Tadini International Music Festival in Lovere, Italy, in the summer of 2014. At the festival, she played the 2nd and 3rd movements of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 with members of the Milan Chamber Orchestra.

For more information about Emma Taggart, please visit www.emmataggart.com

Shuen Wu

Shuen Wu started learning piano when he was about to turn six. His father, who had little musical training, assumed the role of his first piano teacher. At the age of eleven, he began studying with his current teacher, Professor Alexander Braginsky of the University of Minnesota, Founder and President of the International Piano e-Competition. Immediately, he was introduced to challenging repertoire and performed at the 2014 MusikFest, at Shattuck-St. Mary, Minnesota. In 2015, He won first place for the Schubert Club Junior High Piano Competition and received the Best Performance of a Virtuoso Etude Award in the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition. He also plays violin and is a member of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies.

Shuen pursues his every interest with passion and exuberance found in his music. He plays tennis hard, he enjoys running, and he loves writing/blogging. He is a jolly homeschooler, an avid reader, a self-proclaimed foodie, and an entertainer at heart.

Joseph Caswell

Joseph Caswell (age 11) has performed in the Young Artist World Piano Festival Junior Honors Recitals and St Cloud State University Convocations starting at the age of 6, appeared in demonstration lectures with Dr Paul Wirth, and played with multiple chamber groups in the Salon se Leve concert series. He was awarded 2nd and 3rd prizes in recent years in the Mozart Concerto Competition sponsored by the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum, competing with students up to 18 years old.



In 2014, he won the YAWPF 12-and-under concerto competition and played a Mozart Concerto with the YAWPF Festival Orchestra, and he was awarded Honorable Mention in the MTNA Junior Piano Performance Competition for the state of Minnesota. Joseph is going into 6th grade at The Lighthouse School in Spring Lake Park. He loves piano, cats, algebra, reading, biking, and singing in the Minnesota Boychoir with his 3 older brothers. He is a chamber music student of Tom Rosenberg, a composition student of Sarah Miller, and a piano student of Dr Paul Wirth.

Jacob Taggart

Jacob Taggart is an eight year-old classically trained pianist. Jacob started lessons at age four with Mrs. Mary Carloni. After a year, Jacob was referred on to Juilliard graduate, Dr. Reid Smith, whom he currently studies with.

In May 2013, at the age of six, Jacob won his first piano award, the Wildwood Series Young Artist Award. In the summer of 2013, he placed 2nd at the Epiphany Springfest Talent Show in the pre-teen division. He was also a finalist at the MN State Fair Talent Competition in 2013. He took first place in the pre-teen division of the Epiphany Talent Competition this May, 2014. In August 2014, at the age of seven, Jacob won the pre-teen division at the MN State Fair. Jacob wowed a crowd of 5,000 and became one of the youngest winners ever of the State Fair Talent Competition.



Jacob attended his first piano festival in July 2014, the Accademia Tadini International Music Festival in Lovere, Italy. In addition to playing a solo recital, he played the first movement of the Bach Concerto No. 5 with the Milan Chamber Orchestra.

Jacob has a true love of playing piano that is evident during his performances. Even at a young age, Jacob is able to draw in his audience as he performs.

For more information about Jacob Taggart, please visit www.emmataggart.com

Madeline Pape

madeline pape, twin cities polish festival, minneapolis, mn, minnesota

Madeline is 15 years old and has just finished 9th grade at Mounds View High School in New Brighton. Currently a student of Dr. Philip Low, she has been playing piano for 9 years and enjoys composing her own music.

Madeline has received awards from PianoFun Minnesota, MMTA, and SPPTA competitions, and has participated in masterclasses with Marvin Blickenstaff and Ingrid Clarfield.

Last spring, Madeline performed as a soloist with the Golden Valley Orchestra. Madeline also performs with her school jazz band and plays the flute. Her favorite academic subject is math, and she is a medalist in her school Science Olympiad team.

In her spare time, Madeline is working towards her black belt in Taekwondo, and loves to read, climb trees, draw dragons, and play with her 4 pet parakeets.

Clara Belle Wrolstad

Clara Belle began playing piano at home with her mother. Her musical instinct and focus helped her rapidly advance through different levels of music. From an early age, she also loved to sing along and share her music with others.

Clara Belle Wrolstad, twin cities polish festival, minneapolis, mn, minnesota

Clara Belle Wrolstad

She began formal training in March of 2013 with Dr. Reid Smith. Clara Belle has attended master classes with Vicenzo Balzani, of the Milano Conservatory, and noted Russian pianist Alexander Yakovlev. She was selected as an outstanding performer and awarded performance opportunities in the Wildwood Concert Series. In August of 2014, Clara Belle participated in the Lovere International Music Festival in Lovere, Italy to study with piano professors from Japan, Romania and Italy.

While at the Lovere International Music Festival, Clara Belle performed solo pieces from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Gillock and Haydn D major Concerto with the Milano Chamber Orchestra. At age eight, she gave her debut solo recital as part of the Dellwood Hills Salon Series.

In addition to piano, Clara Belle enjoys reading books, writing and illustrating stories, bicycling, dance, soccer and downhill skiing. She was featured in the July 2014 edition of White Bear Lake Magazine in an article entitled “Pint-Sized Prodigies”. Clara Belle is also a proud recipient of a 2015 Continental Math League National Medal Award.

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Friday, August 12:     5:oo PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, August 13:    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 14:    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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