New York Kammermusiker Winds of Change Festival Concert

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September 2nd, 2014

The 8th annual North Dakota Winds of Change Festival will present a concert of lighht classical music celebrating the 125th year of North Dakota statehood.

The New York Kammermusiker is a unique chamber ensemble that travels the world presenting a wide range of double-reed music from the Renaissance through Contemporary periods. This group is known for their experimental and improvisatory performances - often performing music written for their own unique sound - and for the excellence of their performances, regardless of what particular music is on the program. They are consistently good.

Formed in 1969 by ND native, Ilonna Pederson, this non-profit organization seeks to reintroduce the instruments and the music of the double-reed band to modern audiences. The group prepares modern scores from long-neglected musical manuscripts they seek out in their travels so that they can bring the music of the shawm bands to modern listeners. The sound is full and resonant, as if a much larger group were playing. The ensemble not only performs, but also speaks with the audience, giving historical and cultural context to the music, making it come alive.

The New York Kammermusiker draws from some of the world's finest musicians for their performances. Members have included musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Munich Bach Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra. The music has rhythmic and harmonic unity achieved through the expert musicianship of the players, which distinguishes this group, elevates the music, and moves audiences who experience their performances.

For music lovers who wish to experience something new and different, done well and with great skill, they could hardly do better than to spend an evening with The New York Kammermusiker.

The program for this eighth annual tour will include music by J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell, music from the Renaissance by Giovanni Battista Grillo, Luzassco Luzaschi, Heinrich Isaac and others, and a special celebration of North Dakota's 125th year of statehood. The later will feature music dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt by Brazilian composer, Harold Emert, based on Teddy Roosevelt and wind energy, and with narration by actor, Bjorn Pederson, whose recent appearances include the Metropolitan Opera, Shakespeare OP, the Hudson Shakespeare Company, the 13th Street Repertory Theatre (NY), and the Midtown International Theatre Festival (NY).

Tuesday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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