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A House Concert 
at the
Historical Piano Study Center
30 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA, 01430

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Gail Olszewski, piano
Gail Olszewski, piano

A Program of Finnish Music

Finska Rytmer (Finnish Rhythms), Op. 31Selim Palmgren  (1878-1951)
         1. Karelian Dance
2. Menuett
3. The Guilty Conscience
5. West Finnish Dance
Pensée d'automne (Autumn Thoughts), Op. 20 No. 1Ilmari Hannikainen  (1892-1955)
Valse lente (Slow Waltz)Oskar Merikanto  (1868-1924)
Iltatäti (In the Evening), Op. 21 #1Leevi Madetoja  (1887-1947)
Valse, Op. 17 #1Hannikainen
Étude, Op. 76 #2Jean Sibelius  (1865-1957)
Berceuse (Lullaby)Palmgren
Berceuse, Op. 4 #2Hannikainen
Scherzo, Op. 6 #4Merikanto
Illusion, Op. 1 #2Palmgren
Scène romantique, Op. 101 No.5Sibelius
Lastuja (Splinters) II, Op. 9Erkki Melartin (1875-1937)
1. Iltalaulu (Evening Song)
2. Kehtolaulu (Lullaby)
3. Melodia (Melody)
4. L'heure blue (The Blue Hour)
5. Kevätlaulu (Spring Song)
6. Hautauslaulu (Funeral Song)
Akileija (Columbine), Op. 85 No. 4Sibelius
Läksin mine kesäyönä käymään (One Night in Summer....)Palmgren
Finnish Folk Songs, Op. posth.Merikanto
Kottarainen (The Starling)
Miksi laulan (Why do I sing?)
Soi vienosti murheeni soitto (Lament)
Yksin (Alone)
Elegiaco (Elegy), Op. 76 #10Sibelius
Iltarauha (Evening's Calm), Op. 11b #1Hannikainen
Kesäilta (Summer Evening Waltz), Op. 1Merikanto

About the Pianos
We don't yet know which pieces will be played on what piano, but we expect the piano selection to include the 1892 Bechstein, Berlin, the 1893 Érard, Paris, and perhaps others.
To learn a bit more about each piano just click: 
the 1892 Bechstein, and the 1893 Érard .

pianos played in the concerts are from The Frederick Collection.
The Historical Piano Study Center, 30 Main Street, Ashburnham, MA, 01430. The building is wheelchair accessible.

About the Musician
Gail Olszewski has been heard in solo and chamber recitals on piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, organ, harmonium, celesta and synthesizer in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America and Australia.  She is often sought out as a vocal coach and has performed in concert with many singers in the US, Australia and Canada.  Gail lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area where she has a varied free-lance career as a collaborative keyboardist, concertizing with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others. She has played harpsichord and organ continuo for such groups as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Phipps Oratorio Society, Minnesota Sinfonia and Minnetonka Chorale and has played synthesizer with the Plymouth Music Series, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Buffalo Gal Productions.  She has served as music director, rehearsal and show pianist for Ordway Productions, Nautilus Music Theater, Illusion Theater, Minnesota Opera and Duluth Festival Opera.  

Gail is a founding member of The WolfGang (, dedicated to authentic instrument performance of music of the Classic period, and Duo Tastiera with harpsichordist and composer Asako Hirabayashi.  She is a member of the Stillwater, MN-based chamber orchestra, Music St. Croix (  She has recorded with Borealis Brass (, The WolfGang and Duo Tastiera.  Gail has presented master classes and lecture/recitals on women musicians and their music, chamber music, ornamentation, Classical performance practices, Finnish piano music and the history of keyboard instruments to many schools, symposia and professional organizations and has had review articles published in the journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music.  She holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts in Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music in Piano Performance from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Music History/Harpsichord Performance from the University of New Hampshire.  Gail is a member of the keyboard faculty of MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she teaches private piano, harpsichord and coaches singers, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles.  

This is Dr. Olszewski’s sixth Historical Piano Concerts performance.

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About the House Concerts
Our House Concerts are fundraising events to help defray such annual expenses as replacing slate tiles on the roof, insuring the pianos, etc. Admission to the concerts is by freewill donation. Any amount is most welcome, and all donations to our 501(c)(3) organization, Historical Piano Concerts, Inc., are fully tax-deductible, and will be acknowledged in writing for your tax records.

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