Minot State University music faculty members Adam Estes and Dianna Anderson will present a faculty recital Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.
The theme of the concert is "Women and the Saxophone."
Elise Boyer Hall, a pioneer in the saxophone community at the turn of the last century, commissioned many of the most important works for the saxophone in the early 1900s.
Perhaps the most famous of the works commissioned by Hall is the "Rhapsodie" by Claude Debussy. Estes and Anderson will present this work in addition to compositions by Amy Quate, Paule Maurice, and Stacy Garrop on this concert.
Heritage Singers give flood benefit concert in Williston
WILLISTON The Minot Heritage Singers will perform a special concert called "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at Williston's First Lutheran Church on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Minot native Herb Parker Jr. and two of his Williston choral groups are cosponsoring this event and will join the Heritage Singers in delivering the message of restoration for the flood ravaged community.
The Heritage Singers have long been known for helping needy families and communities and also sponsoring music scholarships for Minot State University students. This Williston concert will be a chance to help raise money for flooded families and schools in Minot and will allow Williston choirs to assist in that effort.
Included in the concert will be the Williston State College Concert Choir and the Williston State College Community Concert Chorale. They will sing a variety of spirituals and inspirational songs like "Deep Peace," "Ave Maria," and "I've Been in the Storm So Long."
The Heritage Singers will perform many of their all time favorites plus several tunes they presented in Ireland and Scotland three years ago. Upbeat gospel tunes like "Hallelujah By and By" will be balanced with ballads like "Isle of Hope," "Isle of Tears" and "Peace Song." Contemporary favorites like "God Bless the USA" and "You Raise Me Up" will celebrate faith and Americana while "Vive L'Amour" and "El Yivneh Hagalil" bring an international flavor to the night's selections.
The evening will conclude when all three groups join in the singing of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with Herb Parker Jr. as soloist. A freewill offering will be
taken for Minot flood relief.
Full weekend of music set at Minot State University
A collaborative effort by percussionists from across North Dakota will bring two internationally noted percussion performers to the campus of Minot State University Friday for a day-long Percussion Workshop culminating in a free Percussion Recital.
Christian Michael Berg, principal percussionist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, and marimbist Kevin Bobo, associate professor of music at Indiana University, will present workshops on snare drum, auxiliary percussion, keyboard percussion and timpani for high school and middle school students and their teachers from schools in western and north central North Dakota.
Berg and Bobo will conclude the day with a free public Percussion Recital at 7 p.m. in MSU's Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, featuring traditional Norwegian drumming, marimba solos, snare drumming, timpani and multiple percussion, and original compositions by both performers.
The event is co-sponsored by Minot's Magi Drum Line, who were awarded a $1,000 Special Projects Grant by the North Dakota Council on the Arts; the North Dakota Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society; the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning at Minot State University; the MSU Music Division; the Music Department of North Dakota State University; and Minot's Sunnyside School DrumKidz.
The Percussion Workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, with morning sessions in the Gordon B. Olson Library and afternoon sessions in Old Main Room 106. The workshop will be held on the same date as MSU's Northwest International Festival of Music to facilitate attendance by school groups from outlying towns, but the workshop is separate and independent of the festival.
The Percussion Workshop is open to all interested students and educators. No audition is required. A $5 workshop participation fee will be charged. The evening Percussion Recital is free and open to the public. For more information or to register for the workshop call 858-3264 or e-mail email@example.com.
"This is an outstanding opportunity for young musicians to hear and work with world-class percussionists," said Avis Veikley, MSU percussion instructor. "A lot of people co-operated to make it possible."
"We have a number of enthusiastic members of the Percussive Arts Society in the state, but we are spread over a wide geographic area, and can't easily organize events accessible to all," Veikley said. The Percussive Arts Society is a worldwide music service organization promoting percussion education, research, performance and appreciation.
"We decided to put together a collaborative event, present it in two locations, and share the costs and the clinicians."
Berg and Bobo will travel to Fargo Saturday to hold similar workshops at North Dakota State University, working with Sigurd Johnson, director of athletic bands and associate professor of music.
The North Dakota Council on the Arts, in its grant award letter, praised the project for "the depth of the teaching roster" and for "the inclusion of small rural communities and collaborations among various organizations."
Berg studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Before joining the Oslo Philharmonic he was principal percussionist with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He has taught at the Norwegian Music Academy, the Conservatoire of Trondheim, the Grieg Academy, and the University of North Norway. He is an active solo and chamber music performer. Published works include Lilletromme, a book of rudimentary drills and interpretation for small drums.
Bobo, internationally acclaimed marimbist and percussionist, holds a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University and a master's degree from Ithaca College where he studied with Gordon Stout.
In addition to performing solo recitals, concertos and clinics at major universities and percussion festivals nationwide, Bobo has performed at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and will appear as a featured marimba soloist at the 50th anniversary edition of that group the week following his workshop at Minot State. He has performed internationally in numerous European countries, Australia, Singapore and Mexico.