An ensemble featuring euphoniums, piano, drums and bass will play from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

Performers include Ken Vork (euphonium and bass), Bob Madeson (euphonium), Sarah Carlson (piano) and Tyler Bublitz (drums).

Madeson has been involved in the International Euphonium Tuba Festival in Atlanta since 2010. He regularly participates in master classes and ensemble and studies with some of the best euphonium players in the world. He is an active performer in the Bemidji area, including the community band and First Lutheran Church, where he regularly plays solos and assists in conducting the adult and women’s choirs.

Carlson received her Master of Music in organ performance from the University of Iowa and her Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College. During the fall of 2009, she performed harpsichord concertos by J.S. Bach at Bemidji State University. Prior to coming to Bemidji, she was director of music at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Darlington, S.C., an adjunct professor of music at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., accompanist for the Coker Singers and head of the piano division’s Preparatory School of Music. She is currently director of music ministry at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji.

Ken Vork (submitted by Carolyn Spangler, June 9, 2021)
Ken Vork (submitted by Carolyn Spangler, June 9, 2021)

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Vork, former band director at Paynesville Schools, earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1978 and his Master’s of Education in 1994 from Bethel College. For seven seasons, he was second trombone with the Duluth-Superior Symphony. He now serves as bass trombone with the St. Cloud Symphony, plays double bass with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and freelances as a multi-instrumentalist with ensembles throughout the state.

The recital is part of the Noon Hour Concerts series sponsored by Heartland Arts. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed, and there will be no social hour.