Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Rodgers, Tracey Engleman, Victoria Vargas, David Walton, Andrew Lovato & Swede Hollow Youth Chorus | Ann Millikan: Swede Hollow

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Ann Millikan: Swede Hollow

by Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Rodgers, Tracey Engleman, Victoria Vargas, David Walton, Andrew Lovato & Swede Hollow Youth Chorus

"Characterized by high energy and a quirky inventiveness that defies easy categorization...Her scoring is clean and transparent and her felicities of orchestration are among the most attractive elements in her work." (Stephen Eddins, All Music).
Genre: Classical: Opera
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Swede Hollow: Overture
1:12 album only
2. Swede Hollow: Scene I, "Mexicans, Dec 11, 1956"
9:47 album only
3. Swede Hollow: Chorus 1
1:44 album only
4. Swede Hollow: Scene II, "Italians, 1920s"
14:54 album only
5. Swede Hollow: Chorus 2
1:42 album only
6. Swede Hollow: Scene III, "Swedes, 1850s"
7:35 album only
7. Dakota Land
6:17 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

Ann Millikan, composer & librettist
Tracey Engleman, soprano
Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano
David Walton, tenor
Andrew Lovato, baritone

featuring members of
Joseph Rodgers, assistant conductor
Jill Mahr, flute
Tim Shows, oboe
Chelsea Kimpton, clarinet
Christine Springer, bassoon
Matt Renz, horn
Scotty Horey, percussion
Emily Saathoff, violin 1
Kate Jones, violin 2
Matthew Williams, viola
Sharon Rodgers, cello
John Casey, double bass

Panghoua Thao, Breanna Moua, Samantha Dochniak, Jolette Rivera,
Yeej Moua, Tateng Yang, Kimberlyn Perez-Salazar, Michael Dochniak

GRACIELA, Tracey Engleman
ALITA, Victoria Vargas

VIOLETTA, Tracey Engleman
ELENA, Victoria Vargas
ALESSANDRO, David Walton
GINO, Andrew Lovato

SEVED, David Walton
ELOF, Andrew Lovato

SWEDE HOLLOW is dedicated to Joe Sanchelli and Thelma Stone

On December 11, 1956 the City of Saint Paul evicted the residents of Swede Hollow and burned their homes to the ground. Their stories, and those of earlier Swede Hollow residents, became the subject of Ann Millikan’s opera, SWEDE HOLLOW. The libretto is a poignant story that weaves back and forth through time following the lives of Swedish, Italian, and Mexican immigrants who made their home in Swede Hollow during its 100-year history. The fictionalized characters are based on historical research and interviews with former Swede Hollow residents. The final chorus, DAKOTA LAND, celebrates the original inhabitants of the region with a text by Anishinabe poet Marcie R. Rendon. Centering on the theme of home – leaving home, finding home, losing home – SWEDE HOLLOW comes alive through powerful music on the land that holds its memories.

Recording Engineer: Craig Thorson/MMW Music Studio, Minnesota Public Radio
Assistant Engineer: Scott Adamson
Producers: Ann Millikan and Brent Michael Davids
Executive Producer: Ann Millikan/Sword Dance Publishing Co.
Music Editing & Mastering: Brent Michael Davids/Doodlebug Music Studio
CD Design: Ann Millikan and Brent Michael Davids
Cover Art, Sword Dance Publishing Co. Logo: Ann Millikan
Recorded November 6, 2016, MMW Music Studio, Minnesota Public Radio

All works by Ann Millikan (ASCAP), Sword Dance Publishing Co.
Copyright ©2016 Ann Millikan, All Rights Reserved.

Supported in part by the City of Saint Paul Tax Revitalization Program, and our sponsors.

Public Art Saint Paul, Cambric Senior Apartments, Morelli's Market, Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, East Side Works, Kendall's Ace Hardware, Romi Slowiak and Bill Zajicek, Yarusso Bros. Italian Restaurant, La Palma Market, Plaza del Sol, PAK Properties, 11 Wells Spirits, St. Paul’s Flat Earth, Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op.

My heartfelt thanks to our funders, sponsors and incredible cast, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Swede Hollow Youth Chorus and their families, Friends of Swede Hollow, Councilmember Jane Prince, Scotty Reynolds, East Side Freedom Library, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, Plaza del Sol, Ben Krywozc, David O’Fallon, and Christofer Bocker for his assistance. My deep gratitude always to the Millikan Family and my partner Brent Michael Davids.

ANN MILLIKAN, Composer & Librettist
Ann Millikan's music has been described as "tonally challenging yet emotionally involving" (Joseph Woodard, LA Times), "packed with propellant polyrhythmic textures" (New Sounds, WNYC), and "characterized by high energy and a quirky inventiveness that defies easy categorization...Her scoring is clean and transparent and her felicities of orchestration are among the most attractive elements in her work." (Stephen Eddins, All Music). Known for her collaborative projects that connect deeply with community – story, history, and culture are often an impetus behind her work.

Millikan received her MFA in Composition from CalArts where her mentors were Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick, and Stephen L. Mosko, and her BA in Music–Jazz from San Jose State University. Her works have been performed in Europe, South America and throughout the United States by Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari, Emanuele Arciuli, ABSTRAI Ensemble, California EAR Unit, Zeitgeist, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Citywinds, New Century Players, Oregon Repertory Singers, Grace Cathedral Men's Choir, and Joan La Barbara, among others.

Ann Millikan is a recipient of the prestigious McKnight Composer Fellowship. She has garnered awards from the City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program, MN State Arts Board, California Arts Council, American Music Center, ASCAP, American Composers Forum, Meet The Composer, Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, Jerome Foundation, Zellerbach Family Fund, Berkeley Civic Arts Program, and Waging Peace Through Singing (Highest Honors). Millikan is a freelance composer based in Saint Paul, MN. Her orchestral and chamber music is available on Innova Recordings.

Tracey Engleman was awarded the prestigious 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship and has performed with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Concert Opera, Skylark Opera, Music by the Lake, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zeitgeist, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Boston Symphony. She has soloed with the Minnesota Orchestra, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus, Valley Chamber Chorale, Minnesota Choral Union, the Cannon Valley Orchestra, and Rochester Choral Arts. Recital venues include Orchestra Hall, Hope College, at the National NATS Convention. Dr. Engleman is an alumni of the Tanglewood Music Center and Art Song Festival of Cleveland. Other awards include Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Winner of the Austin Lyric Opera Young Artist Competition, Finalist in the Sun Valley Opera competition, and winner of the MN NATSAA Competition.

VICTORIA VARGAS, Mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Victoria Vargas has sung across the country with several companies such as the Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, Lyric Opera of the North, Angels and Demons Productions, and the Ash Lawn Highland Festival. She was a resident artist with the Minnesota Opera for four years and has performed over twelve roles with the company. Equally comfortable in concert work Ms. Vargas has sung with the Buffalo New York Philharmonic Orchestra, members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Upcoming in 2017 Ms. Vargas will sing the mezzo solo in Verdi's Requiem with the La Jolla Symphony.

David performs frequently with Minnesota Opera where he is currently a Resident Artist. This season his roles include Tybalt in Romeo and Juliette and Silvio in Diana's Garden. He most recently performed in the world premiere of Paul Moravec's The Shining, in which Opera News described his portrayal of Delbert Grady as having "casual charm and suavity." Other roles include Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Spoletta in Tosca, and Tamino in The Magic Flute, in which the Duluth News Tribune mentioned his "clean, clear voice". He has also sung roles with the Glimmerglass Festival and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In 2015, he was a finalist in the Upper Midwest region for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Called a “winning baritone” by The New York Times and “sensitive and sympathetic” by Cincinnati’s City Beat, young American baritone Andrew Lovato is garnering excitement across the nation. Recent engagements include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, Young Raymond in the World Premiere of The Manchurian Candidate, El Dancaïre in Carmen, and Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, all with the Minnesota Opera. He performed as Harry Engel in Morning Star with Cincinnati Opera and as Slim in Of Mice and Men with Austin Opera. Mr. Lovato is the winner of the George L. Hackett Prize in the Livingston Mather Competition.

MARCIE R. RENDON is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation. She is a playwright, poet, and freelance writer. She has four published plays, three non-fiction children’s books and numerous poems and short stories published. Her debut novel, Murder on the Red River will be published by Cinco Puntos Press, March 2017. As the creative mind of Raving Native Productions create site-specific theater and supports others to get on stage. She works with composers Ann Millikan and Brent Michael Davids as lyricist. A community artist activist, she works to support other Native artists/writers/creators to pursue their art.



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