The great performer: Kempenich to perform senior piano recital Sunday
Jacob Kempenich, son of Dennis and Carol Kempenich of Detroit Lakes, will be performing his senior piano recital on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes.
Jacob has performed in many master lessons with college professors Kay Carlson, University of Minnesota Morris, and Paul Heisler, Detroit Lakes. Jacob has passed levels 1-4 of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association keyboard theory exams.
He has won the MMTA Northwest District piano contest six times. In 2013, Jacob was an alternate winner in the MMTA Senior High Young Artist piano contest and has performed in yearly MMTA Ensemble Festivals and received consistent ratings of “Superior.”
In 2005, Jacob received a monetary award for third place winner, and in 2006, Jacob received a monetary award for second place in the Scott’s Music Store’s Annual Piano Competition, Grand Forks, N.D.
Jacob was selected as a finalist and performed in the 33rd Annual Young Artists Recital of the Young Artists Solo Competition held at the Beckwith Recital Hall, Reineke Fine Arts Center, North Dakota State University, Fargo, on Jan. 11. He memorized and performed the “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26, 1st movement” by Serge Prokofieff. This was a duo- piano arrangement with the orchestral score transcribed for the second piano.
Paul Heisler, piano professor, teacher and professional accompanist for the Detroit Lakes High School choirs under the direction of Kathy Larson, was the accompanist for Jacob and performed the second piano part.
Jacob states, “You always enter a competition to give forth your absolute best performance. Success does not come easily. You either practice, or wish you had!”
Jacob has performed in nine Detroit Lakes High School spring and fall musicals. Throughout his high school years, he has performed in countless local, charitable and social venues. He is a piano accompanist for the Sacred Heart Church in Frazee.
He has also cantered at both Sacred Heart and Holy Rosary Church in Detroit Lakes. He is a member of the youth choir at Holy Rosary, Voice of Truth under the direction of Susan Champa.
Jacob has been a performing member of the Detroit Lakes High School Concert Choir and is has been a Laker Singers for three years directed by Kathy Larson. He is currently a senior at Detroit Lakes High School.
For the listening pleasure of the public, his senior recital will have an array of solo pieces, duos and duets performed with piano and vocal peers.
Some of Jacob’s number features a Young Artists Duo Ensemble on six pianos, performing “Assurance Medley” Arr. D.T. Clydesdale: Catherine Jaroszewski, Jacob Kempenich, Kathryn Knuttila-Karg, Michael Rodahl, Mariah Sipper and Jenna Von Holtum.
Asolo, “Reflections in the Water” by C. Debussy, six piano duet featuring 12 young artists and parents: “Country Dance, Finale from Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” by L. Beethoven, Arr. Faber. Original composition: “Stand Still”: “The Banjo” by L.M. Gottschalk, Arr. J. Moross, performed by Catherine Jaroszewski, Jacob Kempenich, Kathryn Knuttila-Karg, Storm Manning and Jenna Von Holtum: “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26, 1st Mvt.” by S. Prokofieff. His accompanist is Paul Heisler, Perham.
Other vocal pieces will also be included.
In the fall, Jacob will be attending St. John’s University, Collegeville, to further his music education. Those who would like to attend, have been welcomed by the Kempenich family and the Marcia M. Knuttila Piano Studio to his Senior Recital on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. in First Lutheran Church.
A light reception follows Jacob’s recital.