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A weekend of music planned in Spencer

Saturday, February 18, 2012

David Pietro
The coming days promise to leave a song in the hearts of those who attend the musical performances throughout Spencer.

Starting Sunday afternoon, Kim Steffen and Isaac Brockshus, both alumni of Spencer High school, come back to perform in Spencer's first ever alumni concert.

Brockshus graduated in December from the University of Northern Iowa, which included an opportunity to study under the renowned composer Sam Adler in Berlin. In April 2011, he conducted the Boston Brass, one of the nation's largest brass quintets, in his very own "Rodomontade," the winning entry in the quintet's "Fanfares!" contest series.

Kim Steffen
Steffen will graduate in May from Minnesota State University at Mankato with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She has been involved in over 19 productions on stage, and received two Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Nominations for leading roles in "42nd Street" and "A Christmas Carol" and was most recently cast as "Meg," in Minnesota State University, Mankato's production of "Phantom of the Opera," opening April 5.

Although Monday's President's Day is a school holiday, the jazz band will be hard at work with David Pietro, world-renowned jazz saxophonist who will work with the students before performing with them Tuesday night.

Isaac Brockshus
Pietro has involved himself in professional music since 1987, and has put out six albums with a number of other artists. A graduate of North Texas State University and New York University, he's toured 30 countries around the world and was selected as a semi-finalist for the 1991 and 1996 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Saxophone Competitions and a finalist for the 1995 JAZZIZ Magazine "Woodwinds on Fire" talent search.

Sunday's alumni concert will be at 2 p.m. at the Old High School Auditorium. Tuesday's jazz band concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School Commons area and will replace March 13's scheduled concert.

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