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White Pine Festival coming again this summer

The White Pine Festival has announced its 2009 artistic lineup, which includes musicians Jorja Fleezanis, the Miró Quartet, Hudson resident Layton "Skip" James, Charles Lazarus and Angela Jia Kim, and poets Matthea Harvey and Roger Bonair-Agard.

The White Pine Festival is an annual series of world-class artistic and intellectual events set amid the natural beauty of Stillwater, Minn., and Hudson. This year's festival is scheduled June 17-21.

Retiring Minnesota Orchestra Concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis' festival performance will be one of her last in the state before she leaves to join the faculty at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music this fall.

With poet Roger Bonair-Agard, a national slam champion, acting as festival host and presenting workshops and lectures throughout, other festival highlights include:

--Pianist Angela Jia Kim performing works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, plus Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D flat major (June 17, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater, Minn.).

--Former Children's Theatre Co. Artistic Director Jon Cranney and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Principal Keyboardist and Hudson resident Layton "Skip" James will join forces for a multimedia performance of Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons" (Thursday, June 18, 7:30 p.m., Phipps Center, Hudson).

--Minnesota Orchestra Concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis appears onstage with her husband, musicologist, lecturer and writer Michael Steinberg, and pianist Karl Paulnack. The three will discuss and perform Ernest Bloch's "Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano," with music and poetry (Friday, Jun. 19, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater).

--Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter and returning festival artist Charles Lazarus will bring his jazz quartet, the Charles Lazarus Group, for music and poetry with festival host Roger Bonair-Agard (Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., Phipps Center).

--The acclaimed Miró Quartet and poet Matthea Harvey, winner of the 2009 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, will close the festival with a performance of music and poetry that will be featured on American Public Media's "Performance Today" (Sunday, June 21, 4 p.m.).


Combination tickets good for all five performances are now on sale for $60 at or (800) 838-3006. Individual event tickets are $15 to 25 each ($10 to $18 for students).

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