Recital introduces something new to ND audiences

Minot State University Choir Director Carlos Vieira and Luminus member Dianna Anderson. Submitted Photo

Take an accomplished choral performer, a much sought-after pianist and a professional contemporary dancer; then place them onstage together, and what you get is something unique in our region.

On Sunday at 3 p.m., Minot State University Choir Director Carlos Vieira and Luminus member Dianna Anderson will be collaborating on stage at the Sibyl Center in Stanley.

Joining the duo will be Vieira’s wife, Leticia Piavatti, who is a professional dancer who specializes in contemporary dancing.

According to Vieira, “[Piavatti] will interact with me while I sing and it will be a wonderful collaboration.”

Vieira said that having a collaboration like this is still new among recitals like this and that the talented trio are bringing something new to North Dakota.

This will be Anderson and Vieira’s first performance together with Vieira having just completed his first school year teaching at Minot State. He said this performance will be “the first of many to come, since we are enjoying playing together and because we have very similar musical interests.”

Vieira is from Brazil and has been singing choir since he was three. The main focus of his studies is Brazilian and Latin American choral music. Anderson is a pianist and professor at Minot State. She is a founding member of the trio, Luminus, and is widely sought after for collaborations.

The performance will take place in the Sibyl Center for Life Enrichment in Stanley. Previously the First Presbyterian Church, the Sibyl Center was renovated by the nonprofit organization The Foundation for Life Enrichment, Inc. and renamed after Sibyl MacDonald, a Minot High graduate and late music teacher in Stanley.

“The songs and arias will be presented in four languages: German, Portuguese, Italian, and Russian. The music is gorgeous and powerful and I couldn’t be happier about singing in this beautiful venue in Stanley,” Vieira said.

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