Dakota Chamber Music marks 15th season
The Dakota Chamber Music will celebrate its 15th season June 6-12. The institute brings professional artists together with talented and motivated students and adults for intensive performance and study. Minot State University’s resident trio, Luminus, forms the core of the 2011 DCM faculty. Erik Anderson, Jon Rumney and Dianna Anderson comprise the trio.
"This week demonstrates the lasting relationship that chamber music has with musicians, as performers of all ages gather to share and experience great music and friendships," said Erik Anderson, associate professor of music.
Generally, chamber music includes any music performed by a small number of performers with one performer to a part. The word "chamber" signifies that the music can be performed in a small room, often in a private salon with an intimate atmosphere. However, by definition, it usually does not include solo instrument performances.
The Dakota Chamber Music faculty recital will be June 9 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m. Luminus will perform the recital’s first half and then be joined by guest faculty Tim Nelson, Sean Neukom and Andrew Smith.
Nelson is currently the orchestra teacher at South High School in Fargo, principal violist with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony, violist with the FM Symphony’s 8th Street Quartet and an adjunct viola instructor at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. The 8th Street Quartet maintains an active concert schedule in the North Dakota/Minnesota region, performing chamber music from Bach to the 21st century.
Neukom, an MSU alumnus, is a musician and composer. His live performances and compositions work to educate about the significance of classical music in today’s society and the importance of music programs in school systems. Currently, Neukom resides in Pittsburgh, where he works closely with the string quartet Freya to present a concert series aimed at non-conventional venues.
Smith, associate professor of music at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, is returning to DCM, where he taught 2000-2003. At UNLV, he performs regularly as a cellist of The Cerberus Trio. He is a member of the Camerata Deiá, a group founded in 2001 to be the resident ensemble with The Festival Internacional de Deiá, a summer festival in Mallorca, Spain. He is also a founding member of The Adriatic Chamber Music Festival, a summer music program in southern Italy, where he has taught and performed since its inception in 1998. In the fall of 2008, he joined the Las Vegas Philharmonic as principal cellist.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and will be available at the door.
The student and adult ensembles will perform a concert of music they have worked on during the institute in Nelson Hall on June 12 at 1 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public.
"The Sunday concert is an inspiring event," Erik Anderson said. "It annually bears out that the future of chamber music is secure."
Each year, DCM draws 40-50 musicians, high school through adult, from around the region to study and perform chamber music. It is by audition only and is coordinated by the MSU Division of Music. MSU faculty Lynne and Jon Rumney started DCM, and Erik Anderson is the current administer.