Jamestown is in for a very special concert this Saturday. A professional ensemble of musicians playing double-reed instruments will take the stage at the historic 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. The 10 musicians are accompanied by a crew with whom they travel the world familiarizing people with the beauty of sounds of twin-reed instruments. The group will also perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Ellendale South Park.
Dr. Laura Zamzow-Lynch, band director and music professor at the University of Jamestown, was happy to hear such an esteemed ensemble was performing in Jamestown.
“This is very cool,” Dr. Lynch said. “Any time you get musicians together at this level it's going to be an engaging and fine performance. The connection to North Dakota is unusual, so we are lucky to be able to host these excellent musicians in our city, especially for a free performance!. Their repertoire looks fun and interesting.”
While on their 13th annual “North Dakota Winds of Change Festival, 2019,” they are making stops throughout the state, playing and teaching as they go. Part of the beauty of this event is the informal staging and the learning aspect, which allows the audience to ask questions, learn more about the instruments and hear how they sound. .
Musicians are: Dr. John Frisch, Jeffery Hale, Dillon Meacham, Richard Meek, Susan Nigro, Ilonna Pederson (founder and North Dakota native), Dr. Scott Pool, Mark Seerup, Joseph Shalita and William Wielgus. They will be playing English horn, oboe, bass oboe, bassoon and contrabassoon. Whether Baroque, Renaissance or contemporary, they draw in the crowds
Founded in 1969 by Ilonna Pederson, the musicians have played on stage, on television, over the radio, made recordings and performed on nearly every continent. Reviews have been superlative. Their range is wide and their human interaction inspiring.
Selections include: “The Great American, Theodore Roosevelt,” by Lincoln; Scott Joplin’s “RAG”; Stephen Foster’s “Oh Susanna”; “Old Folks at Home,” “Nely Bly,” “Old Folks Quadrill,” “O Boys, Carry me Along,” “There’s a Tavern in the Town” as well as selections by Handel, Haydn and Mozart.
This 50th anniversary concert is free to the public as a service to the community. The 1883 courthouse is located at 504 3rd Ave. SE in Jamestown, northeast of the Law Enforcement Center. Phone is 252-1170.
The concert is sponsored in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council, Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, Sabir’s Buffalo Grill, the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the 1883 Courthouse Committee. .Humanities of North Dakota is a non-profit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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