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May Newsletter

Dear MMAMTA members,

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the end of spring semester!

We will have our Luncheon meeting on May 27th, as it is in our calendar. We will plan on meeting in person, however, if by any chance anyone doesn’t feel comfortable doing that due to COVID, we might do a hybrid meeting so more members can participate.

Ayako has suggested that we meet at Park Restaurant, which I thought it would be a good idea as it would be a little closer for our members who live in Jefferson City. Here is the restaurant’s menu: https://www.dineatpark.com/menu/

Please confirm if you will be coming to our meeting by May 15th so we can make reservations. If you would like to join us via video call, please let me know as well. You can confirm your presence by sending me an email (reisleme.renan@gmail.com)

The agenda for the meeting will be sent in separate email soon.

For upcoming music events, visit:





I’m wishing you all a wonderful month of May!

Best regards,

Renan Leme

MMAMTA President

MYO Director

Adjunct Prof. at Central Methodist University

Owner and Violinist at Leme Ensemble

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BNB TRIO: A Senior Recital

May 15 | Sunday, 3 p.m.

Join us at First Baptist Church for first-class performances by Rock Bridge High School seniors, Brandon Kim (student of Prof. Julie Rosenfeld), Nicole Parker (student of Dr. Eli Lara) and Benjamin Xu (student of Ayako Tsuruta). Solo works by Liszt, Saint-Saens and Schumann; Trios by Brahms and Shostakovich. Reception to follow.

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Cloud 9: Dvořák Viola Quintet with Scott Yoo

May 17 | Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Cloud 9 (Linnea Geenen, Hazel Keithahn, Kristen Yu, and Nicole Parker - students of Amy Appold, Siri Geenen, Prof. Leslie Perna and Dr. Eli Lara) concert features solo works performed by Hazel, Kristen and Nicole, followed by gorgeous Dvořák Viola Quintet, joined by their chamber music coach, Scott Yoo. Only a handful of seats remain. RSVP required for performance venue address.

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Linnea Geenen: A Senior Violin Recital

May 19 | Thursday, 7 p.m.

Linnea's Senior Violin Recital will take place at the St. Andrew's ELCA Lutheran Church at 914 West Blvd in Columbia. Linnea will be playing with pianist Natalia Bolshakova performing works by Bach, Barber, Debussy, Still and Sarasate. The performance will be followed by a reception.

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Odyssey presents Kids@Heart: Carnival of the Animals & Friends

May 28 | Saturday, 3 p.m.

Hear the lions roar in quadruple octaves and kids Schaboogie in a four hand piano ensemble! MMAMTA members performing include Carrie Conklin & Janelle Lutz Duo, Peter Miyamoto & Ayako Tsuruta Duo, as well as students from Odyssey's Columbia Music School, and Andrew Weir with Ayako in "Bohemian Rhapsody" (!). Other performers include MU students and staff. Join us also for 2 p.m. Instrumental Petting Zoo, sponsored by the Higday Mozart Trust and the MU School of Music.


The wait is over.

Some of the most important conversations are packaged beautifully in a music program - that’s what “The Evolution of the African American Spiritual” has been, sharing of the souls.

Before we embark on Part 3 in Fall, tune into this bridge program that summarizes Part 1 and 2, with a reflection on the isolation period during the pandemic: hence, the title “Blessed Assurance.”

Livestream 5/20 (Fri) 7pm: https://m.youtube.com/c/OdysseyPlowman

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