Apr 04 2015
“All-Czech: Dvorak, Smetana & Jirasek” + pre-concert talk on film music presented by Classically Alive at Classically Alive, Colorado Springs CO

“All-Czech: Dvorak, Smetana & Jirasek” + pre-c...

Presented by Classically Alive at Classically Alive

“All-Czech: Dvorak, Smetana & Jirasek”

Daniel Brandt, violin
Norah Clydesdale, cello
Abe Minzer, piano
Jan Jirasek, composer/guest speaker

Come Enjoy an Evening of
Czech Music for violin, cello and piano.
It is always fascinating when
visiting composer Jan Jirasek from Prague
speaks with the Classically Alive audiences.

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Pre-concert talk by Jan Jirasek
“Encountering An Illusion”
(Film Music by Jan Jirasek)

Sat April 4, 2015, 6:00 PM
(Dinner and concert)

The Minzer/Schreuder Residence
8 Broadmoor Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(Pre-concert talk: $5 suggested donation)
Admission: $30 (Students $10)
Dinner, dessert/drinks.


Dvorak “Klid” for cello and piano

— Jan Jirasek speaks about his music —
Jan Jirasek “Dilemma” for solo cello
Jan Jirasek “Forgotten Metaphor” for violin and piano

Smetana “From the Homeland” for violin and piano


Dvorak Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Opus 90 “Dumky”

For reservations/info: Contact aminzer@comcast.net or 229-2239
Please RSVP early – Space Is Limited  


Under the sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Classically Alive, hosts over 60 musicians and other artists, and features diverse monthly at-home music/arts salons, in addition to programs at venues across Colorado.  See Concert Schedule for all past and future events.

Beyond the great food and camaraderie, the salons host many styles of music, including contemporary, and provides a venue for painters, poets and discussion.   


4:30 – 5:30 PM
Pre-concert talk by Jan Jirasek
“Encountering An Illusion”
(Film Music by Jan Jirasek)

“All-Czech: Dvorak, Smetana & Jirasek”

Daniel Brandt, violin
Norah Clydesdale, cello
Abe Minzer, piano
Jan Jirasek, composer/guest speaker

Sat April 4, 2015, 6:00 PM
Minzer/Schreuder Residence

“Klid” for cello and piano                     Antonin Dvorak (1841 – 1904)

— Jan Jirasek speaks about his music —

“Dilemma” for solo cello                                           Jan Jirasek (1955)

“Forgotten Metaphor” for violin and piano                       Jan Jirasek

“From the Homeland” for violin and piano
                                                                Bedrich Smetana (1824 – 1884)
II: Andantino : Allegro vivo


Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Opus 90 “Dumky”                      Dvorak
Lento Maestoso
Poco Adagio
Andante Moderato
Lento Maestoso




Violinist Daniel Brandt received early training in violin and as a chorister at the Purcell School of Music in England. He received his B.M. degree from the University of New Mexico, where he studied with Leonard Felberg, and graduated summa cum laude from the honors program. Daniel was concertmaster of the UNM Symphony, Chamber, and Opera orchestras.

Daniel completed his B.M requirements on exchange at the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities while studying with Sally O'Reilly. Ms. O’Reilly studied with renowned violin pedagogue Ivan Galamian before becoming Josef Gingold's assistant at Indiana University. Daniel undertook formal Suzuki Pedagogy training at UMN/Twin Cities, and continues to observe many of the important teaching tools and philosophy derived from the insights of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Daniel joined the North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra as their concerto soloist throughout their tour of France and Italy while studying with Sally O’Reilly.

Daniel received his M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Axel Strauss, winner of the Naumburg competition. Daniel served as concertmaster of the Conservatory Orchestra, and was a leader in the Conservatory Baroque Performance Ensemble.

Daniel is currently Artist-in-Residence faculty at Colorado State University in Pueblo. He provides applied lessons to the violin and viola students, directs the Chamber Ensemble, and is the Director of the CSU-Pueblo Orchestra. This is also his fourth season as Concertmaster of the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his current engagement, Daniel performed with and gave pre-concert lectures for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as their Associate Concertmaster for their 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons. He has been the Concertmaster of Symphony Parnassus in San Francisco, Principal Second Violin of the Sarasota Opera, and recently performed as soloist and leader with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Concert Association.

Daniel observes a vital link between performance and pedagogy. His students have been soloists and concertmasters, attended prestigious festivals, and have matriculated as performance majors at universities and other institutions of higher learning. In addition to his roles as a university faculty member and orchestral leader, Daniel frequently performs as a chamber musician and recitalist. Daniel performs on an 1840 Vincenzo Jorio violin from Naples, Italy.

Cellist Norah Joy Clydesdale comes from a family of musicians originating in Glasgow, Scotland. Her grandfather, Mr. Robert Clydesdale, was an orchestra conductor and cellist who immigrated to New York State in 1932. He sailed on a cruise ship across the Atlantic performing trios aboard, and proceeded to continue his career as a cellist and teacher in upstate New York.  Ms. Clydesdale’s parents were was Stuart and Joyce Clydesdale. Stuart played the piano, while Joyce sang professionally in opera productions in California’s Bay Area. Norah started playing the piano at five years of age and the cello at eight. Cello soon emerged as her main instrument of study.

Norah studied with Colin Hampton of the Griller Quartet and Andor Toth, Jr. of the Hungarian Quartet at the San Francisco Conservatory. She then traveled south to study with Gabor Reijto and Bernardo Segall at USC before culminating her training at Boston University. In Boston Ms. Clydesdale studied for seven years with world-renowned concert cellist and pedagogue George Neikrug.

Ms. Clydesdale has participated in Masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Walter Trampler and Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet. She played professionally in the Boston area–principally as a chamber musician, performing the entire Beethoven Quartets Cycle with the Artaria Quartet before moving to Paris, France. In France she was an active educator, teaching cello, violin, and the love of music to children and adults in Paris. Ms. Clydesdale also developed the string department at the Lycee Ombrosa in Lyon, France. Speaking Italian fluently, Ms. Clydesdale rounded out her career in Europe   teaching music to young school children in Milan, Italy.

Norah recently returned from Europe and is now an active performer and educator in Colorado. She has performed with the Grace String Quartet, as Assistant Principal Cello of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and was Principal Cello of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic for the last three years.. Norah also performs with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Colorado State University Faculty Piano Trio. Earlier this season, Ms. Clydesdale gave a Masterclass at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for the students of her friend and colleague, Dr. David Schepps, Professor of Cello.

Norah is currently developing the Clydesdale Music Studio in order to reach out to interested students in the regional community as well as in New Mexico. Norah is the Cello Instructor and Assistant Orchestra Director at CSU Pueblo. She also maintains private teaching studios in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Abe Minzer, piano, earned a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, a doctorate in music at West Virginia University, and has taught at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. He plays concerts throughout the US, and has appeared as piano soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Currently, Abe Minzer teaches piano, music history and music theory at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  Also, Dr. Minzer is on the faculty at Pikes Peak Community College where he teaches Private Piano, Group Piano, Music Theory, and serves as staff pianist/accompanist.  Dr. Abe Minzer often performs works of living composers, including world premieres of compositions by Jorge Cardoso, Jim Bosse and Ofer Ben-Amots. For more information, please visit: http://ClassicallyAlive.com  For more information on Abe Minzer – CDs, samples, reviews and comments, please visit: http://abeminzer.com

Composer Jan Jirasek was born in Rychnov near Kneznou, Czech Republic.  He graduated from the Janácek Academy of Musical Art in Brno (JAMU), where he studied composition with Prof. Zdenek Zouhar as well as electro-acoustic, computer and electronic music and music theory. After the fall of the Iron Curtain Jirasek's music was widely performed at the following festivals: "Synthese 90" Festival in Bourges; "Elektronmusik Festival" Stockholm; "1er Colloque International des jeunes Compositeurs de Musique Electro-accoustique 1991", UNESCO in Paris; Prague Spring Festival; Schleswig – Holstein Festival; "Czechoslovak Night" Munich 1990; Munich Bienale, Plymouth Music Series Minneapolis, MN, and others.

Jan Jirasek has been commissioned to write for well-known institutions and performers: Kulturkreis Gasteig e.V. commissioned "Bread and Circuses" for six percussionists for the Munich Biennale 1992; Kulturkreis Gasteig e.V. commissioned recomposition of the World War II destroyed piece of Carl Orff  ("St. Luke Passion" according to the manuscript of J.S.Bach);  piano duo Quattro mani commissioned a piece for 2 pianos; Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra commissioned a piece for chamber orchestra; Festival "Voor de Vind" commissioned a piece "Viribus unitis" for organ and tuba. He is frequently invited to international radio and television discussions and interviews.  These include the following: Hessen Radio, Bavarian Radio, Czech Radio Prague, Radio Free Europe, Czech Television Prague, Spanish Television Madrid, Ars Electronica Linz (four times), UNESCO Paris, Minnesota Public Radio. Mr. Jirasek is considered one of the foremost film composer in the Czech Republic. He was awarded the prestigious film music prize "The Czech Lion" for movie "An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World" (dir. Juraj Jakubisko) and for the movie "Kytice" (Wild Flowers) dir. F.A.Brabec.

Mr. Jirasek's music has been recorded on labels like BMG Classics (the CD "Renaissance of Humanity" with music by Jan Jirásek, Arvo Pärt and Hildegard von Bingen), BMG-Ariola (the CD "Bread and Circuses"), and other major labels.  A Fulbright scholar, Jan Jirasek has visited the US annually since 1996 when he spent the academic year 1996-97 as a visiting professor of composition at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, the University of Colorado in Boulder and Colorado College. more information about the composer can be found at: http://janjirasek.com

Under the sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Classically Alive hosts over 60 musicians and other artists, and features diverse monthly at-home music/arts salon concerts which include dinner and drinks. Founder, director, and pianist, Dr. Abe Minzer performs along with many top musicians of the Pikes Peak region, as well as renowned visiting artists on the national and international scene.  Classically Alive hosts a wide range of styles including classical, contemporary, popular styles, jazz, and world music.
For more information, please visit: http://ClassicallyAlive.com
Classically Alive is thrilled with the recent acquisition of a 9-foot Bechstein concert grand piano, an instrument of highest quality.  A tremendous thank you goes to both Elvie Davis and Diane Petersen for making the opportunity possible.  Also, a special thank you goes to Fisher Piano Movers and their caring team for their most expert and professional work in moving the Bechstein to its new Classically Alive home.

As of January 2015, Classically Alive is partnering with Weltklassik to bring the finest German pianists, world-class musicians, to the Classically Alive venue on the  THIRD Thursday at 7:00 PM of the every month through December 2015.



Admission Info

$30 general admission- includes dinner/drink & concert ($10 Students)

Email: aminzer@comcast.net

Dates & Times

2015/04/04 - 2015/04/04

Location Info

Classically Alive

8 Broadmoor Hills Drive , Colorado Springs, CO 80906