Dakota Chamber Music will celebrate its 16th season June 11-17. The institute brings professional artists together with talented and motivated students and adults for intensive study and performance. Minot State University's resident trio, Luminus, forms the core of the 2012 DCM faculty. Erik Anderson on cello, Jon Rumney, violin, and Dianna Anderson, piano, comprise the trio.
"This institute demonstrates the enduring relationship 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" indicates the music be performed in a small room, often a private salon with an intimate atmosphere. However, by definition, chamber music usually does not include solo instrument performances.
Luminus is, from left to right, Erik Anderson on cello; Dianna Anderson, piano; and Jon Rumney, violin.
The DCM faculty concert will be June 14 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m. Luminus will be joined by guest faculty Tim Nelson, Sean Neukom and Andrew Smith. Tickets for the faculty concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door.
The student and adult ensembles will perform the annual Gordon B. Olson Library concert June 15 at 11 a.m. Then all participating ensembles will present a final concert of music they have worked on during the institute June 17 in Nelson Hall at 1 p.m. The library and final concerts are free and open to the public.
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 educate about the significance of classical music in today's society and the importance of music programs in school systems. He 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, performs regularly as a cellist of UNLV's The Cerberus Trio. He is a member of the Camerata Dei', the resident ensemble for The Festival Internacional de Dei', a summer festival in Mallorca, Spain. Smith 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. He joined the Las Vegas Philharmonic as principal cellist in 2008.
Each year, DCM draws more than 50 musicians, high school through adult, from around the region to study and perform chamber music. Saxophone, bassoon, clarinet, French horn, oboe and flute auditions were added this year.
It is by audition only and is coordinated by the MSU Division of Music. MSU faculty Lynne Rumney and Jon Rumney started DCM. Erik Anderson is the current administer.