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Kammermusiker comes to Ellendale

A unique style of music will return to North Dakota when The New York Kammermusiker returns to the state for its eighth year.

The group performs classical music, marches and contemporary songs on reed instruments.

Performances are planned Sept. 2 in Fargo, Sept. 3 in Wahpeton and Sept. 4 in Ellendale.

“It’s a very unusual group,” said Ilonna Pederson, director of the group. “Just double-reed instruments. One piece is being written for the tour. It is unusual for anyone, but it is meant for any age and will cater to any audience.”

Pederson said she has brought her group from New York City to North Dakota for the past eight years as a tribute to her Norwegian grandparents who homesteaded in the western part of the state. This year they plan to pay tribute to North Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood with several songs dedicated to one of its most famous residents.

“We will feature over 20 marches written about him or dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt,” she said.

Pederson said members of The New York Kammermusiker are all professional musicians who have played with groups such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Munich Bach Orchestra.

“We perform music from the Renaissance era through the 20th century,” Pederson said. “The performances also include narration giving historical and cultural context.”

Pederson said she has performed in Ellendale during the last several tours.

“We started with the Ellendale Opera House,” she said. “We persist in trying to keep that going.”

The Ellendale performances start with a reception at the Ellendale Historic Opera House at 5:30 p.m. followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Bible College Chapel.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and are available at the door.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at