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.
Craig Randal Johnson/ Music Director for Classical Music at Finnfest 2014
August 8 and 9, 2014/ Minneapolis
Craig Randal Johnson conducts the Finnfest 2014 chamber symphony concert on August 8 at the Wesley Center in downtown Minneapolis. The program features two US premieres by noted Finnish composers Olli Kortekangas and Uljas Pulkkis. Also on the program are works by Sibelius and Einojuhani Rautavaara. Katri Ervamaa is cello soloist. In addition Mr. Johnson will play a solo piano recital featuring Finnish music, and will accompany soprano Mimmi Fulmer in a vocal recital, both on August 9. For more information visit www.finnfest.com.
May 17, 2015/ in the Afternoon
Solo Piano Recital
Bradley Playhouse/ Putnam, Connecticut
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius
Minnehaha Music/ Craig Randal Johnson, Artistic Director
Fall 2014/ Edina (Minneapolis), Minnesota
The Minnehaha Music Repertory Orchestra, an orchestral ‘reading orchestra’, launched its first season in September 2013, playing 17 reading sessions last season. The orchestra typically ‘reads’ symphonic repertoire of the classical and romantic periods. The orchestra resumes its reading schedule September 6, 2014, and will play its first public concert November 9 conducted by Craig Randal Johnson, featuring Justin Berkowitz as tenor soloist.
For more information visit Minnehaha Music at www.minnehahamusic.org.
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.