Published June 14, 2023

Dakota Chamber Music Schedule

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R-L Julia Beck, Kevin Vandal, Anthony Schreier. (Photo: submitted)
R-L Julia Beck, Kevin Vandal, Anthony Schreier. (Photo: submitted)

Institute Celebrates 27th Season

MINOT – Dakota Chamber Music will return to Minot State University with a selection of musical programs open to the public Saturday, June 17 through Thursday, June 22.

DCM is a weeklong opportunity for participants ages 13 to 60+ to engage in small ensemble playing, providing an intensive experience in musical performance and growth. The 59 participants from locations as diverse as Saskatchewan, Canada to Texas will work with faculty from Minot State and the University of Georgia, as well as faculty from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Fargo.

“The week we offer DCM is my favorite week of the year!” said Jon Rumney, DCM co-founder and Minot State University high strings and music history professor. “Chamber music is my favorite kind of music, and it is an honor and a pleasure to bring back faculty members who were once participants in the high school program many years ago.”

The following performances are free and open to the public:

  • Faculty concerts
    • Saturday, June 17, 7 p.m., Ann Nicole Nelson Hall
    • Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m., Northwest Arts Center
  • Participant concert: Weekend adult ensembles
    • Sunday, June 18, 3:30 p.m., Ann Nicole Nelson Hall
  • Participant concert: Adult ensembles
    • Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m., Ann Nicole Nelson Hall
  • Participant concert: Grades 7-12 ensembles
    • Thursday, June 22, 11:30 a.m., Ann Nicole Nelson Hall

Faculty performances will include music by Joseph Haydn, David Maslanka, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Astor Piazolla on Saturday, and music by Jan Bach, Fernande Decruck, Bedrich Smetana, and Aleks Tengesdal on Tuesday.

Composer Tengesdal is a Minot native and his piece “Galaxyrise” will receive its world premiere at the concert.

“Aleks is one of the faculty members who participated in DCM beginning as a young high schooler,” said Rumney. “He and alumni Jason ’05 and Sean ’05 Neukom — members of the Beo String Quartet — will be featured in both faculty concerts.”

Now it its third decade, DCM continues its tradition of bringing chamber music to life each June. Faculty and participants work together to understand and communicate in the language of music, where all music making is a shared experience.

DCM is made possible, in part, with support from Associated Chamber Music Players and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

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