Myra Presents: Sunday Concerts in the Galleries 2018-2019 Season

About the Series


“Not too long ago, audience members would storm out of the concerts if the musicians played anything new, but as time went by, the audience began to appreciate the new stuff, until the new stuff became the highlight of each show.” —Laurel Reuter, Director, North Dakota Museum of Art




Tickets for the Concert Series are available by subscription, or available for single concerts at the door or in advance at the Museum, 701.777.4195.



Member tickets: $80 for the season,
$20 per concert at the door

Non-member tickets: $100 for the season,
$25 per concert at the door

Student and Military tickets: $40 for the season,
$15 per concert at the door

Children 12 and under: Free


Committed classical music lovers also contribute an additional $100 on top of their season ticket to become sponsors who share in the cost of bringing great music to the community.





Myra Foundation



Premium Sponsor


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.



                                                                                                              This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.












$1500 and above

Luise and Richard Beringer



Bobbi Mason 
Julie Blehm
Dr. Kevin and Amy Muiderman



Madelyne Camrud
Dennis & Joan Johnson
Lois Wilde




Robert Hoverson

Rolf and Linda Paulson



$50 - $100

Mae Marie Blackmore

Richard and Phyllis Clark

Duane Christenson

Nancy & Mark Hadlich

Dr. Leslie and Martha Klevay

Deborah and Brad Lachance

George Noel

Alice Senechal

Cynthia and John Shabb

Martin Brown

Kirk and Joan Smith




Historical Concert Links

2012 - 2013 Season
2013 - 2014 Season
2014 - 2015 Season
2015 - 2016 Season
2016 - 2017 Season
2017 - 2018 Season

Sarah Cahill
October 14, 2018 | 1 pm, North Dakota Museum of Art
October 15, 2018 | 7:30 pm, Mayville State University


Sarah Cahill will present an immersive piano performance installation titled The Future is Female and involves five hours of music by women composers from all around the globe, all performed by Cahill. She describes it as a “ritual installation” featuring more than forty compositions by women ranging from the 15th century to the present day, including newly commissioned works by Cahill. The long duration of The Future is Female allows for the audience to come and go, walk around the space, sit and listen for any length of time. It is a marathon performance ritual. Composers include Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Maria de Alvear, Galina Ustvolskaya, Aida Shirazi, Florence Price, Dobromila Jaskot, Hannah Kendall, Meredith Monk, Louise Farrenc, Deirdre Gribbin, Pauline Oliveros, and many others.

The Walter Piehl Retrospective exhibition will also open Sunday, October 14 at 2pm. A private donor will underwrite Sarah Cahill's honorarium so all guests will be invited without charge to the Museum that October 14th afternoon. Donations are welcome to fund her expenses.

For more information about Sarah Cahill click here.




November  4, 2018 | 2 pm, North Dakota Museum of Art
November 5, 2018 | 7:30 pm, Mayville State University

Cristi Catt, Soprano
Laurie Monahan, Mezzo
Daniela Tosic, Alto

With Guests:
James Falzone, Clarinet
Shira Kammen, Vielle
Arsentiy Kharitonov, Piano


Program Lessons of Darkness: Armistice Day 1918

Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, found people throughout the world singing and dancing in the streets, once again hoping for a peaceful world. In turns celebratory and solemn, this program commemorates the 100th anniversary of this landmark day in history. 


Tapestry presents works of composers affected by the World War including:

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams who abandoned his composing career to enlist as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corp with his Cantata Dona Nobis Pacem,

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff who was forced to flee Russia in 1917,

  • Claude Debussy whose Noël des infants qui n'on plus de maison lashes out at a world at war,

  • Maurice Ravel who hoped to serve as a pilot but drove an ambulance and ultimately found a way to express his reaction to the war in his Le Tombeau de Couperin paired with

  • Baroque composer Francois Couperin's Leçons de Ténèbres, which harkens back to ancient wars and the siege of Jerusalem,

  • Songs by Stephen Foster (American Civil War) and

  • Simon and Garfunkel (Vietnam).

  • Ivor Novello’s Keep the Home Fires Burning (Till the Boys Come Home). He was born in Cardiff, Wales and was only twenty-one when in 1914 he wrote Keep the Home Fires Burning, which touched all families at the outbreak of war with its hopeful message. The words of the song are by the American Lena Gilbert Ford, who was divorced and living with her son in London. Both were killed by a German air raid on London in March 1918.

  • Gustav Holst with I Vow to Thee My Country. Holst always denied that Mars, the Bringer of War in his orchestral work The Planets (1914-16), was a direct response to the onset of war. A later movement, Jupiter – the Bringer of Jollity, confirmed the work’s identity with the First World War as its melody became the hymn I Vow to Thee, My Country. The words, written by diplomat Cecil Spring Rice, were reworked in 1918 to reflect British losses: The love that never falters, the love that pays the price / The love that makes undaunted, the final sacrifice. This was performed at Winston Churchill's funeral.

For more information click here.


Poulenc Trio
(Oboe, Bassoon, Piano)
February 10, 2019 | 2 pm, North Dakota Museum of Art
February 11, 2019 | 7:30 pm, Mayville State University


Underwritten by Dr. Kevin and Amy Muiderman


James Austin Smith, Oboe
Bryan Young, Bassoon
Irina Kaplan, Piano


The concert will open with the premiere of the North Dakota Museum of Art’s newest commission, Bassoon Trio: Three of a Kind, by contemporary composer Michael Wittgraf who teaches at the University of North Dakota. The bassoonist for the Poulenc Trio Bryan Young will join Mr. Wittgraf and Dr. Cory Hunter, Assistant Professor of Music at North Dakota’s Mayville State University. February 11, 2019, repeat performance at Mayville State University.  Mr. Hunter collaborates with the Museum on its classical Myra Presents Series whereby the Sunday afternoon concerts in the Museum are repeated at Mayville State University the following Monday evenings.

For more information click here.


Saint Louis Brass
March 24, 2019 | 2 pm, North Dakota Museum of Art
March 25, 2019 | 7:30 pm, Mayville State University

Allan Dean, Trumpet
Miki Sasaki, Trumpet   
Victoria Knudtson, Horn
Melvyn Jernigan, Trombone
Daniel Perantoni, Tuba


Founded in 1964, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet is one of America’s longest standing brass quintets. Members of the St. Louis Symphony originally formed the Saint Louis Brass by to play children’s concerts around the St. Louis area. Soon though, they had expanded to present full-length concerts funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Now, forty years and more than 2,500 engagements later, the only original member still in the group — and the only one who actually lives in St. Louis — is trombonist Melvyn Jernigan, who retired from the St. Louis Symphony after thirty-five years. The other quintet members hold top positions across the United States: Professors at Yale, University of Texas, Austin and Indiana University.

The Saint Louis Brass Quintet performs the entire spectrum of great music for brass – from the works of today’s composers to Baroque and Renaissance music transcribed for modern instruments. Light-hearted entertainment intertwines with serious classical music. The program has not yet been formalized.

For more information click here.


Rolston String Quartet
(violins, viola, and cello)
April 7, 2019 | 2 pm, North Dakota Museum of Art
April 8, 2019 | 7:30 pm, Mayville State University


In 2016, the Rolston String Quartet took First Prize at the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition. Their place was secured on the international stage when Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, awarded the Rolston String Quartet the Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2018–19 and 2019–20 seasons. Prior Cleveland Awards have gone to the Brentano, Borromeo, Pacifica, Jupiter, and Dover Quartets, all of which have performed in the North Dakota Museum of Art’s Concert series, several more than once.

The Rolston String Quartet was named among the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 2016 “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” A winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions, the quartet was also the Grand Prize winner of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, as well as prizewinners at the inaugural M-Prize competition (2016) and the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

In the 2016-17 season, they embarked upon the Banff Competition’s winner’s tour, which took them throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel. Having recently completed a residency at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the group currently serves as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence.

The Rolston is based in Toronto and includes Luri Lee (violin), Jeffrey Dyrda (violin), Hezekiah Leung (viola), and Jonathan Lo (cello). Recent graduates of Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Glenn Gould School, they formed in 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency.

According to the Toronto Star, They already belong to a generation of string players performing at a level difficult to imagine in generations past.

Twenty-five percent of the fee to bring the Rolston Quartet to the North Dakota Museum of Art and Mayville State University is funded by the Art Midwest Touring Fund.

For more information click here.