Zion celebrates JOYA with world class musicians

JOYA is Zion Lutheran Church’s exciting new chamber music series under the artistic direction of Mary Jo Gothmann, the church’s principal organist.

Gothmann will be bringing world class musicians to Zion to help her showcase the church’s new Steinway grand piano in the beautifully renovated sanctuary.

The JOYA concert series begins Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. and includes music by Mozart, Brahms and Paul Schoenfield.

Joining Gothmann for this free concert is her longtime teacher and mentor, Grammy winner and Juilliard professor Margo Garrett.

Also performing in the Sept. 22 concert are Minnesota Orchestra violinist Cathy Schubilske and cellist Scott Lykins, artistic director of the successful Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd.

Gothmann, principal organist at Zion, has enjoyed a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist, opera coach, and organist.  Her recent chamber music engagements have included performances with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Bakken Trio, Music at Trinity, Colonial Chamber Music Series, Lakes Area Music Festival, and the Taos Chamber Music Group.

Additionally, Gothmann has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, EOS Orchestra in New York City, and as a piano soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Civic Orchestra.

She has worked for some of the most prestigious opera companies in the Unites States including the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Minnesota Opera.

Future JOYA concerts include husband and wife cellists from the Minnesota Orchestra Tony Ross and Beth Rapier Ross, and Zion favorite, baritone Gabe Pressier.

Admission for future concerts is $10, $5 for seniors, all students free.

Zion is located at 1601 Fourth Ave. S, Anoka. For more information visit zionanoka.org.

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