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Collman and Miller to perform piano duo April 21 in Motley

Richard Collman and David Miller will conclude the Staples Motley Area Arts Council season with a piano duo performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the United Methodist Church in Motley.

Collman and Miller perform classical and novelty arrangements for two pianos, piano duet and keyboard synthesizer. Their program will appeal to all ages and feature familiar works by Mozart, Grieg, Debussy, Bach, Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

Collman was pastor of the Motley UMC from 2002-06 and also chairperson of the Staples Motley Area Arts Council during some of that time. He grew up at Prairie Lake west of Duluth and has degrees in music, history and theology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Yale Divinity School and the University of Notre Dame.

Collman has always been active in promoting the arts and was instrumental in helping the Motley United Methodist Church build in its new location, as well as initiating the arts council’s chamber music series. He is an organist, pianist, teacher and writer. He and his wife, Katherine, retired in Northfield, where they remain active in book groups and arts activities.

Miller is a native of the Fargo-Moorhead area and earned his degree in music education from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. He and his wife, Victoria, moved to Oregon in 1978 where he taught music for more than 30 years and supplied keyboard support for school and community ensembles.

Since relocating to Northfield in 2008, Miller has performed as a soloist and accompanist for a variety of groups and occasions.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students (until noon the Friday before the concert) and $15 for adults at the door the day of the concert. Student tickets are $1 one hour before the show at the door.

Tickets are available online at or by calling 218-894-2497. All seats are general admission.

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