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Dakota Chamber Music to celebrate anniversary June 5-9

Dakota Chamber Music (DCM) will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a selection of musical programs open to the public at Minot State University June 5-9, according to information provided by Minot State.

Faculty recitals will be held at 7 p.m. on both Saturday, June 5, and Monday June 7, with $10 tickets available at the door. DCM festival programs are free and will take place on Sunday, June 6, at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 9, at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, June 5, the 7 p.m. recital will take the stage at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. Watch Tim Nelson and Terry Baltrusch perform the Rebecca Clarke duo as a tribute to former DCM musician Tim Bratton; Dianna Anderson, Minot State assistant piano professor, and the string quartet Beo perform the Piano Quintet in A Major by Antonin Dvorak; and the entire DCM faculty join together for a surprise concert closer.

Monday’s performance will take place at the Northwest Arts Center, located on the lower level on the Gordon B. Olson Library, at 7 p.m. Enjoy art and music together as the program features two works from 2020. Jon Rumney, high strings and music history professor; Charlie Young, woodwinds assistant professor and director of jazz studies; and Erik Anderson, Division of Performing Arts chair and professor of low strings and theory, will perform “Babkhuzian Serenade” by Dario Argentesi, while the world premiere of Sean Neukom’s “Yellow Bird,” for cello and voice, will be performed by Anderson. After a break for refreshments and time to explore the gallery, Beo will present Beethoven’s masterful String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.

“Dakota Chamber Music has for 25 years brought the best amateur chamber musicians in the region together for a week of music exploration and personal growth,” said Anderson. “Minot State faculty joins forces with regional professionals and the Pittsburgh-based string quartet Beo to offer public concerts as part of the festival.

“We are excited to include a world premiere by Devils Lake composer Sean Neukom as part of Monday’s program.”

The DCM festival programs will feature musicians enrolled in the two-day and five-day events. On Sunday, June 6, participants from the two-day weekend program will present their ensemble music at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall beginning at 3:30 p.m. Musicians attending the five-day session will perform their final concert, wrapping up DCM 2021, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, also in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

Now in 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.

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