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Mill City String Trio performs at LeDuc Historic Estate

by Jane Lightbourn • Staff writer

The generosity of the Rusty and Mary Jane Poepl Foundation means a very special concert at the LeDuc Historic Estate.

The Mill City String Trio will perform at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23. The March 23 concert is open to the public. The Mill City String Trio is a part of the Mill City String Quartet and will perform a Beethoven Trio and three tangos.

The Mill City String Quartet was founded in Minneapolis/St. Paul during the fall of 2007 with the intention of studying and performing the major works of the classical repertoire. The group has given many performances and services to audience members and clients. They have worked with students in the Monticello and Andover School Districts and have received coaching themselves from notable musicians, including Tom Rosenberg, Kathe Jarka and Karen Kim.

The quartet released a recording of Christmas music, “Christmas in Mill City,” in November 2011.  It continues to be played on Minnesota Public Radio throughout the holiday season.

Members of the trio perform regularly with the Dakota Valley Symphony, Kantorei Chamber Choir, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, and Minnesota Opera Company.

The musicians are Erika Hoogeveen, violin; Valerie Little, viola; and Jeffrey Erbland, cello.  

Hoogeveen received her master’s degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Minnesota.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance completed at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  A founding member of the Mill City String Quartet, she was recently named associate concertmaster of the Dakota Valley Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed with a variety of groups, including South Dakota Symphony, Kantorei, Mankato Symphony, Exultate, Mannheim City Symphony and Cherokee Symphony, and has attended the Bravo! and Northern Lights Music Festivals.  She has been on the violin faculty of McPhail Center for the Arts, St. Joseph’s School of Music, and Dordt College.  Currently, she teaches private lessons in her home in St. Paul.

Little is a Pennsylvania native and has spent recent summers studying at the Banff Centre, Round Top Festival Institute, and in Germany with renowned violinist Barbara Westphal.  Notable performances include appearing as a soloist with the York Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania), Mankato Symphony Orchestra’s Music on the Hill series, as well as performing Quincy Porter’s Suite for Viola Alone at the 38th International Viola Congress. She has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, South Dakota Symphony, Quad Cities Symphony, and freelances in the Twin Cities area.  She also maintains a private studio at City of Lakes Waldorf School and is the acting assistant principal librarian of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Erbland, a native of Fairport, N.Y., was privileged to enroll in the Eastman School of Music’s college preparatory school in his younger years. After receiving diplomas in both cello performance and music theory from the school, Erbland received his bachelor degree in cello performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory in Wheaton, Ill. He has received instruction from Rochester Philharmonic members and from Chicago Symphony Orchestra  members. Erbland has traveled domestically and abroad with various regional and honors symphonies, and has performed regularly with the Tulip Chamber Players and the Wheaton Chamber Players. He has studied chamber music with members of the Ying Quartet and the Chicago Lyric Opera, participating in master classes with the Tokyo String Quartet and with Peter Slowik of Oberlin Conservatory. Erbland currently performs regularly with the Mill City String Quartet and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.  He runs a home teaching studio, teaches at the Linden Hills House of Music, and completed his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota.

 Reservations must be made for the performance, as seating is limited.  Call 651-437-7055  to make a reservation. A suggested donation of $7 per person would be appreciated. Light refreshments will be served following the concert.

The LeDuc Historic Estate is owned by the City of Hastings and managed by Dakota County Historical Society. See www.dako

This event is sponsored by the Rusty and Mary Jane Poepl Foundation, Dakota County Historical Society, and Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings.