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September 15, 2003 // UPDATED 11:04 am - April 30, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

What child prodigies turn into

At 25, pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa is a veteran

performer of the classical stage. Her professional

career began when she was only 8

years old, when she first performed

in public in her native

Romania and made her first

recording. At 13, she entered the

Vienna Conservatory under Heinz

Medjimorec, where she went on

to win first prize at the 1995 Clara

Haskil Competition and perform

at the International Festival in St.


Her solo performances have

taken her around the world several

times, and she has sat in as a

guest pianist with the St. Paul

Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam

Concertgebouw Orchestra,

the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen,

the Vienna Symphony, the Bamberg Symphony

Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martinin-


While she herself (and some badly informed

music critics) has derided her earlier works as

\"wild\" and \"uncontrolled,\" Ursuleasa\'s performances

could better be described as awash in

stormy, tempestuous energy and possessed of

absolute precision and steely restraint. She is,

quite simply, a technically proficient performer

who lets beauty and passion guide her through

even the most constrictive of pieces.

Those of you out there who are lucky

enough to catch her here

for the few scant days she\'s

in Minnesota will not be disappointed.

_ Thursday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m.

and Friday-Saturday,

Sept. 19-20, 8 p.m.

Orchestra Hall,

1111 Nicollet Mall.

$27 and up. 371-5642.

Star struck

Did anyone else out

there get a little thrill

in their pants the night

Reverend Horton Heat

appeared on the \"Drew Carey Show\"? It was

probably just me, but I thought that was kind

of cool, almost as cool as the night I saw the

guy who played \"Booger\" from \"Revenge of

the Nerds\" waiting in line at the concession

stand at L.A.\'s Silent Picture Show theater.

Through his music, the highly-stylized Reverend

Horton Heat has breathed new life into

the old themes of alcohol, recreational drug

use, cars, pretty women, God and Texas,

treating rockabilly as though it were a brand

new genre to work with instead of some tooironic,

campy joke to set dismal songs about

necrophilia to.

_ Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m.

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. 332-1775.

Back in the saddle

In the \'80s, local boys The Jayhawks\'

smooth blend of country, folk and bar-band

rock made them one of the most widely

acclaimed emerging artists from the alternative

country scene, inspiring hordes of similar-

sounding bands across the nation. While

their line-up has changed significantly over

the years, their focus and sound remain pretty

much the same - and after numerous latenight

TV appearances to showcase tracks

from their newest release, \"Rainy Day

Music,\" the Jayhawks are back in town to hit

the First Avenue stage for the first time in

what seems like much too long a time.

_Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. 332-1775.

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