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Conductor, piano recitalist, and accompanist Craig Randal Johnson maintains an active schedule across the United States and in several European countries, as well as in the Upper Midwest.   Based in Minneapolis, Craig Randal Johnson is available as orchestral conductor, solo pianist or accompanist, and as an adjudicator. Please contact him at musiccrj@visi.com.

Upcoming Engagements:

Friday, October 2, 2015/ 8:00 PM (CDT)

Jean Sibelius and His Shadow: Finnish Music with Clarinet and Piano

Gregory Barrett, clarinet, 

Craig Randal Johnson, piano

Northern Illinois University School of Music Recital Hall, DeKalb, Illinois


The recital will feature music by Finnish composers Jean Sibelius, Leevi Madetoja, Tauno Pylkkänen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka Linkola, Kimmo Hakola, and Kari Tikka.

Live webcast of the recital may be viewed at:

http://www.niu.edu/music/media/webcasts/index.shtml

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October 11, 2015/ 2:30 PM at Finnfest 2015

Jean Sibelius and His Shadow: Finnish Music with Clarinet and Piano

Gregory Barrett, Clarinet

Craig Randal Johnson, Pianist

First Presbyterian Church/ One Symphony Circle, Buffalo, New York


The recital will feature music by Finnish composers Jean Sibelius, Leevi Madetoja, Tauno Pylkkänen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka Linkola, Kimmo Hakola and Kari Tikka.

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November 8, 2015/ 4:00 PM

Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra Concert

Elizabeth York, Violinist

Craig Randal Johnson, Conductor

Dragseth Auditorium/ Edina, Minnesota  (South View Middle School/ 4725 South View Lane)


Music by Beethoven, Dvorak, Sibelius, Howard Hanson

Free admission/ donations welcome

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November 14, 2015/ 7:30 PM

Craig Randal Johnson, Piano Soloist playing Gershwin’s ‘Piano Concerto in F”

   with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra

   Robert Ritsema, Conductor

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Minnehaha Music/ Craig Randal Johnson, Artistic Director

Edina (Minneapolis), Minnesota

The Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra played its first concert on November 9, 2014, at Dragseth Auditorium in Edina, Minnesota.   The highly successful and well attended concert featured up and coming tenor Justin Berkowitz singing arias by Donizetti, Rossini and Mozart.   The orchestra played works by Beethoven, Tschaikowsky, Faure and Smetana.

The Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra, an orchestral ‘reading orchestra’, launched its first season in September 2013, playing 17 reading sessions in 2013-14 season.  This activity is ongoing in 2014-15, and now nearly 40 musicians may attend a reading session. The orchestra typically ‘reads’ symphonic repertoire of the classical and romantic periods.

For more information visit Minnehaha Music at www.minnehahamusic.org.

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Craig Randal Johnson conducted the USA premiere of the new Jukka Linkola opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival production of, "Rockland, The Opera", to sold out houses in Houghton, Michigan (July 2011). Opera magazine (London) noted in its January 2012 issue:


"The conductor Craig Randal Johnson brought out the darkness in the music, kept the score and singers well balanced, and made the musical climaxes pay off."


'Rockland the Opera” was web livestreamed over the internet, reaching tens of thousands of viewers.

© Craig Randal Johnson 2015