The New York Kammermusiker
7th Annual North Dakota
Winds of Change Festival
At the Avalon Events Center,
613 First Avenue, North.
There is a 6:30 p.m. pre‐concert theater performance featuring Bjorn Pederson, who has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, the Hudson Shakespeare Company, the 13th Street Repertory Theatre (NY), the Midtown International Theatre Festival (NY), and others, followed by a 7:00 p.m. concert. Also featured in the first half is Dr. Elmer Wasemiller, a retired surgeon from Wahpeton who picked up the oboe in his early 70’s (he’s now 93!)
Tickets will be sold at the door for the Fargo performance. Ticket prices are $15.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Seniors, and $5.00 for Students. There is limited seating at the Avalon Events Center, so early arrival will help ensure good seating.
Many people enjoy the familiar classical music offered at regular symphony orchestra concerts, but few are used to having their socks knocked off by the brilliant musicianship and amazing sound of the likes of The New York Kammermusiker. This unique chamber ensemble travels the world presenting a wide range of double‐reed music, from the Renaissance through Contemporary periods, which they diligently prepare from musical manuscripts they seek out in their efforts to bring the music of the shawm band to modern listeners. Experiment and improvisation, as well as music written specifically for their unique sound, are also important aspects of this group’s repertoire. And they are bringing their music to North Dakota in July.
Formed in 1969 by ND native, Ilonna Pederson, this non‐profit organization seeks to re‐introduce the instruments and the music of the double‐reed band to modern audiences. The sound from this chamber ensemble is full and resonant, as if a much larger group were playing. Many of the pieces are introduced and explained in a light and interesting manner; humor and good fun are always evident during their concerts.
An instrument sounds only as good as the musician playing it, and 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 New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to name only a few. When playing together, it is the rhythmic and harmonic unity, the expert musicianship of the players that 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 YorkKammermusiker.