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The Clydesdale Music and Art Studio 

Lessons : All levels Violoncello : Elementary Violin-Viola


The Prometheus Trio will be performing Thursdau, October 4, 2018 at Wise University in Virginia with a program of trios Leonard Bernstein Piano Trio F. Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op 66 andPiazzola The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Dr. David Volk and I will be performing his first two Sonatas for cello and piano and premiering his Third Sonata as wellon Friday, October 5, 2018 as well.

Friday, October 19 at 7:00 PM, “Trios of Schubert and Brahms” (Walter Hautzig Memorial Series), Michaela Paetsch, violin, Norah Clydesdale,cello, Abe Minzer, piano. Brahms Trio in C Major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Schubert Trio in E Flat Major for Violin, Cello and Piano

Classically Alive - $25 (Students $10)

Piano Warehouse, 120 W. Cucharras Street, Colorado Springs

(heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks included)

Classically Alive presents

“Trios by Brahms & Schubert”featuring“The Neptune Trio”Michaela Paetsch, violinNorah Clydesdale, celloAbe Minzer, piano- Walter Hautzig Memorial Series Concert -

Friday, October 19th, 2018 - 7:00 pmdoors open at 6:00 pmvalet parking upon request Colorado Piano Warehouse 120 W. Cucharras St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903General Admission: $25.00; Students: $10.00; Youth up to 13 free.Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres/Drinks Included

PLEASE RSVP EARLY- for reservations and info, please contact Abe Minzer at:[email protected] or 229-2239

Please join us for our next Classically Alive concert Friday, October 19th 7:00 PM at the Colorado Piano Warehouse, 120 W. Cucharras St. The audience response was most enthusiastic for our inaugural event at Colorado Piano Warehouse on August 24th. Thanks to the many folks who attended and for all the positive feedback about the great food, great music and charm of the new venue. We are very excited about our next concert at the Colorado Piano Warehouse with “The Neptune Trio” featuring Michaela Paetsch, violin, Norah Clydesdale, cello and Abe Minzer, piano. After several performances together the musicians decided to come up with a name, so there you have it, “The Neptune Trio”.

Our concert is part of the ongoing series to honor the great human being, musician, teacher, pianist Walter Hautzig (1921 - 2017). Walter Hautzig understood so well the music of Johannes Brahms and especially had an deep, direct connection to Franz Schubert’s music. In Mr. Hautzig’s memory, we’ve presented all-Schubert and all-Brahms programs at Classically Alive, but I’ve wanted to learn these two incredible trios by Brahms and Schubert, and am so happy to be performing these with my good friends, violinist Michaela Paetsch and cellist Norah Clydesdale.

After a couple short surprise works, the major work on the first half is the Brahms Trio in C Major, Opus 87, a chamber work regarded as one of Brahms‘ crowning achievements. The work is from a period of some of Brahms‘ most glorious and ambitious creations, including his Second Piano Concerto and his Third Symphony. The first movement is brilliant, intense, noble, tender, covering so many different emotions. The second movement is a flowing set of variations, deep from the soul, i.e., what we love so much in Brahms. Next is the Scherzo third movement, wickedly light and lightning fast, with a beautifully inspired melody in the middle section. The trio closes with the fourth movement, Allegro giocoso, quick and joyful featuring playfulness, more Brahmsian melodic gems and a rousing finish.

The second half features the Schubert Trio in E Flat Major. If the Brahms is a great work, the Schubert is simply sublime. The trio was written toward the end of Schubert’s short life of 31 years, a time when Schubert also wrote his profound essay of the human condition, the Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) song cycle. The E Flat trio contains some of Schubert’s saddest music and at the same time, most heavenly moments. Schubert’s musical landscapes are most expansive, and the trio generally takes at least 45 minutes to perform. The opening movement is noble, spacious and is filled with an abundance of melodic and harmonic wonders. The second movement is slow, poignant, heartbreaking, mixed with climactic outpourings. This music is used in several noted movies, including Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon”. The third movement is a delightful Scherzo, with attractive folk-like tunes, and with a curious middle section. Then comes the final fourth movement. Rather than sending the listener on their happy way, Schubert’s last movement is the longest movement of the work, and this movement just by itself is a major journey. While the work closes bright and upbeat, it is hard to say this is a happy ending after everything we have gone through. Great music is not always so simple to grasp, as is life. But, thank goodness for the immortal Franz Schubert, in his brief life taking a place along side those like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and yes, Brahms.               


Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)Trio in C Major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Opus 87


Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) Trio in E Flat Major for Violin, Cello and Piano



Michaela Paetsch’s violin playing has been described as “gloriously charged…beguilingly velvety” (The Strad). Her captivating artistry is celebrated for the soaring vitality and the personal commitment she shows her audiences. She grew up in a musical family on a mountain in Colorado Springs. “Making music and performing with my family chamber ensemble was the most important part of my development as a performing artist,” Michaela says.

Michaela has garnered international attention and numerous awards, including first prize in the G.B. Dealey International Competition, a bronze medal in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition, and the prize for the Russian Composition by Juri Falik at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Michaela has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the major musical centers of the world. And she has collaborated with major orchestras throughout the world, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Japan), the Philharmonics of Osaka (Japan), Seoul (Korea), Liége (Belgium) and Bergen (Norway); the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.

Her extensive discography began with the 1987 recording of the 24 Caprices by Niccolo Paganini for TELDEC, making her the first female performer to record the complete work. Die Zeit, a German newspaper, described the disc as a “sensation in the history of record-making.” Discs for TUDOR include “Brahms: 21 Hungarian Dances”, “La Capricieuse” and the Sonatillen and Morxueaus by Joachim Raff with Eric Le Van, piano.

Michaela, along with the Original Ensemble Prima Carezza, performed for Simonetta Sommaruga to celebrate her election as President of the Federal Council of Switzerland for 2015; and for an official state visit welcoming French President Francois Hollande.

Michaela made her orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Colorado Springs Symphony (now the Colorado Springs Philharmonic). In addition to subsequent performances with the Colorado Springs Symphony, she performed as soloist with orchestras throughout Colorado including the Denver Symphony (now the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the Pueblo Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra. In July 2017, Michaela Paetsch was violin soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra in a performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

Michaela plays a beautiful Gaetano Pasta violin made in 1704. “I cherish its dark sensuous beauty and amazing variety of colors – it reacts so well in all conditions,” Michaela says.Michaela resides in Ligerz, Switzerland, and travels frequently to her native Colorado.

Norah Clydesdale, cello, comes from a family of musicians originating in Glasgow, Scotland. Her grandfather, Mr. Robert Clydesdale, was an orchestra conductor and cellist who immigrated to New York State in 1932. He sailed on a cruise ship across the Atlantic performing trios aboard, and proceeded to continue his career as a cellist and teacher in upstate New York. Ms. Clydesdale’s parents were was Stuart and Joyce Clydesdale. Stuart played the piano, while Joyce sang professionally in opera productions in California’s Bay Area. Norah started playing the piano at five years of age and the cello at eight. Cello soon emerged as her main instrument of study.   Norah studied with Colin Hampton of the Griller Quartet and Andor Toth, Jr. of the Hungarian Quartet at the San Francisco Conservatory. She then traveled south to study with Gabor Reijto and Bernardo Segall at USC before culminating her training at Boston University. In Boston Ms. Clydesdale studied for seven years with world-renowned concert cellist and pedagogue George Neikrug.  Ms. Clydesdale has participated in Masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Walter Trampler and Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet. She played professionally in the Boston area--principally as a chamber musician, performing the entire Beethoven Quartets Cycle with the Artaria Quartet before moving to Paris, France. In France she was an active educator, teaching cello, violin, and the love of music to children and adults in Paris. Ms. Clydesdale also developed the string department at the Lycee Ombrosa in Lyon, France. Speaking Italian fluently, Ms. Clydesdale rounded out her career in Europe teaching music to young school children in Milan, Italy.  Norah recently returned from Europe and is now an active performer and educator in Colorado. She has performed with the Grace String Quartet, as Assistant Principal Cello of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and was Principal Cello of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic for three years. Norah also performs with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Colorado State University Faculty Piano Trio, now the Prometheus Piano Trio.

Norah is the Cello Instructor and Assistant Orchestra Director at CSU Pueblo, and has taught cello also at Pikes Peak Community College. She also maintains private teaching studios in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Norah is currently expanding the Clydesdale Music and Art Studio in downtown Pueblo, to reach out to interested students in the regional community as well as in New Mexico. As of September 2017, the Clydesdale Studio venue has started hosting intimate chamber concerts and arts events, accompanied by French pastries and other goodies. 

Pianist Abe Minzer earned a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, a doctorate in music at West Virginia University, and has taught at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. He plays concerts throughout the US, and has appeared as piano soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Abe Minzer teaches piano, music history and music theory at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Also, Dr. Minzer is on the faculty at Pikes Peak Community College where he teaches Private Piano, Group Piano, Music Theory, and serves as staff pianist/accompanist. Dr. Abe Minzer often performs works of living composers, including world premieres of compositions by Sylvia Hazlerig, Jorge Cardoso, Jim Bosse and Ofer Ben-Amots. For more information, please visit: For more information on Abe Minzer - CDs, samples, reviews and comments, please visit:

Under the sponsorship of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Classically Alive features diverse monthly house concerts, which include food, drink, and time for guests to socialize, and mingle with the musicians. At the venue, founder, director, and pianist, Dr. Abe Minzer performs along with many top musicians of the Pikes Peak region. Additionally, Classically Alive hosts world-class visiting artists of national and international reputation, often as part of the Piano Masterworks series and through collaboration with the German arts organization, Weltklassik. Since its inception in 2006, Classically Alive has presented over 130 concerts featuring over 100 musicians. The eclectic offerings include a wide range of classical, as well as contemporary, popular styles, jazz, and world music. For more information, please visit:

Classically Alive as of August 24th, 2018 is partnering with Colorado Piano Warehouse, as part of the expansion of Classically Alive. This is very exciting news in keeping Classically Alive going strong for the next decades. I am so pleased that world-class music will continue in our community for a long time with this new announcement. Concerts will still take place at the Minzer/Schreuder Residence, but others will now take place at Colorado Piano Warehouse. Let me further detail this new phase…..— As founder and director, Abe Minzer, will still direct Classically Alive at both the home and Piano Warehouse locations. I will still handle reservations/RSVPs as with all Classically Alive events.— I feel incredibly good about working with the Piano Warehouse team. Rick Vokt, the owner of Piano Warehouse, is a man of incredible generosity, and vision, I’ve known him for several decades. The visiting artists through Rick's generosity will be better compensated than before, which will keep world-class musicians coming to our community.— Josh Janitell who is heading up the Piano Warehouse side of Classically Alive, is one of my best buddies in town. What a great guy, we all love him. He has put so much creative work into making this a reality.— And yes, the fabulous food offerings at Classically Alive are even getting better. Josh’s wife, Cassandra Janitell, is in the food catering business, and creates some of the most delectable offerings you could imagine, and will be providing the food and drink for our events at Piano Warehouse.And this is all-inclusive with your $25 admission (Students $10). It will be great fun to mingle, socialize at Classically Alive’s second venue now!— There is plenty of parking on the street right by Piano Warehouse. And Piano Warehouse is providing free valet parking for those that need a little assistance - please let me know if you would like the free valet parking service.— In the larger context, Piano Warehouse is offering one more jewel toward the revitalization of the Colorado Springs south part of our downtown area. Piano Warehouse is just a stone’s throw literally from the Pikes Peak Center and the Olympics Museum, the latter scheduled to open in 2020.

For reservations/info: Contact [email protected] or 229-2239Please RSVP early - Space Is Limited

JS Bach Suite 1 for Unaccompanied Cello