Myra Presents: Sunday Concerts in the Galleries 2013 - 2014 Season
Dictionaries broadly classify Classical Music as “art music produced in, or rooted in, the traditions of Western music (both liturgical and secular). It began sometime in the 11th century and continues into the present. The central norms of this tradition became codified between 1550 and 1900, or the “common practice period.” Unlike much of the music of the rest of the world, there is little room for improvisation and ornamentation in classical music. Sometime during the 20th century, however, musicians began to blend, amalgamate, explore evolving technologies, and borrow from other traditions while inventing new ones.
In the early years of the Museum’s classical concert series, audience members objected to composition that smacked of new. Traditionalists walked out. Gradually, attitudes began to change. At our request, musicians would include works by 20th composers, usually in the middle of the program. Then real change came: recent music became the most exciting work in the concert.
Two seasons ago, the Museum embarked upon another change, “Hidden Histories, Borrowed Sounds.” The series included classical music that intertwined with performance art, centuries-old Indian and Chinese music, Native American tribal elements, Middle Eastern sounds emanating from Western instruments, New Music, and every other manner of crossovers, additions, and integrations. Classical music, considered in decline by many, took on new life while never loosing its groundings in the Western Tradition.
This season we bring you a series of stars from the expanding world of “serious” music. These are the groundbreakers, the important prizewinners, those who present the face of tomorrow. Enjoy!
Tickets for the Concert Series are available by subscription, or available for single concerts at the door or in advance at the Museum.
Member tickets: $80 for the season,
$18 per concert at the door
Non-member tickets: $90 for the season,
$20 per concert at the door
Student and Military tickets: $40 for the season,
$10 per concert at the door
Children 12 and under: Free
Committed classical music lovers also contribute an additional $50 on top of their season ticket to become sponsors who share in the cost of bringing great music to the community.
Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation.
Historical Concert Links
April 27, 2014 2 pm North Dakota Museum of Art
April 28, 2014 7:30 pm Mayville State University
Cecilia String Quartet
The Quartet was formed by violist Caitlin Boyle, Cellist Rachel Desoer, violinists Min-Jeong Koh, and Sarah Nematallah while students at the University of Toronto. Taking their name from St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, the Cecilia String Quartet continue to win praise following their 2010 First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. “With a stunning spirit of creativity that consistently celebrated risk-taking and discovery, the Cecilia Quartet impressed the distinguished jury above all others,” said the competition’s Executive Director, Barry Shiffman, when announcing the winners. European tours have taken the four Toronto-based Canadian musicians to the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal (Amsterdam), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Wigmore Hall (London), and venues in Italy and Belgium. The Quartet was also prizewinners at international string quartet competitions in both Osaka (2008) and Bordeaux (2010.) That year, they collaborated with the Afiara String Quartet in premièring and recording compositions by eight composers of the Common Sense Composers Collective at The Banff Centre. In 2011, they collaborated with actor and director Alon Nashman in the multimedia production The Snow Queen.
2013 - 2014 Past Performances
Red River Trio with Mike Wittgraf
The Red River Trio consists of Brazilian violinist, Vinicius Sant'Anna, Venezuelan cellist Fernando Vargas, and American pianist Keith Teepen who came together in 2010 while students at the University of North Dakota Music Department. Under the direction of Dr. Nariaki Sugiura, they have performed in cities in Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and North Dakota, as well as toured in China and Japan. Michael Wittgraf wrote his 2013 composition, Thread, for the Trio and live electronics, which he will perform with the Trio. Wittgraf, who earned a PhD in composition from Northwestern University, served as Dayton-Hudson Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music at Carleton College. Currently he is Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Dakota. His music has been performed by many artists, including Zeitgeist, Trio Montecino, the Chiara String Quartet, the BECS Quartet of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Thursday Musical of St. Paul, the University of North Dakota Wind Ensemble, the DuQuesne Contemporary Ensemble, and Tempus Fugit.
Rova Saxophone Quartet
The San Francisco-based Rova Saxophone Quartet is one of the longest-standing groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop, free jazz, avant-rock, and twentieth century new music. The group draws inspiration from the visual arts and from the traditional and popular music styles of Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. The Quartet is inspired by a broad range of musicians including Charles Ives, Iannis Xenakis, Edgard Varese, Olivier Messiaen, John Cage, John Coltrane, Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy and Ornette Coleman. Rova began in 1978, writing new material, touring, and recording, including early collaborations with such like-minded colleagues as guitarists Henry Kaiser and Fred Frith, and saxophonist John Zorn. Expect to hear music along the lines of “Sound in Space,” a program of pieces that work beautifully in unusually resonant rooms, such as an old resonant church, art galleries like the North Dakota Museum of Art, or outdoors in a valley or in a cavern. And, as though they are outdoors, the musicians move about the gallery, surrounding the audience with sound.
South Korean pianist Yoonie Han made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 13, and has since performed with the Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milanis. In 2009, Ms. Han was honored with the Gawon Music Award as the “most brilliant pianist aged 17 to 31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence.” Han is the first-prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition (2011), the Fulbright Concerto Competition (2011), Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition (2008), the World Piano Competition (2008), and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition (2005), and has garnered major prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition and Milan Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole. Following her 2001 grand-prize award in the Korea National Music Competition, the Korean Ministry of Culture named her its “most promising young artist.” She is praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing, and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and “her musical imagination and feel for complex textures drew vivid images” (Washington Post).
Hailed as “the most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker magazine (April 2009).)¨Trio Solisti celebrated their 11th Anniversary in the 2012-2013 season. The trio is comprised of three brilliant instrumentalists—violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Adam Neiman. One of America's most notable critics, Terry Teachout of The Wall St. Journal proclaimed, “To my mind, Trio Solisti has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber-music ensemble of its kind.” Trio Solisti’s soulful and passionate performances are marked by soloistic virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing, and thrilling abandon. Performing a broad spectrum of styles, their versatility extends to new music, most notably to the work of Paul Moravec who composed his 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Tempest Fantasy, for Trio Solisti. Their performances across the country include great masterworks of Beethoven, Chausson, Dvorak, Ravel and Mussorgsky as well as several premieres. Chamber Music Monterrey Bay in California has commissioned 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts for a work inspired by visual artist Bill Viola to be premiered by Trio Solisti in fall 2012 with clarinetist Jon Manasse.