USD presents weekend of chamber concerts

USD presents weekend of chamber concerts The University of South Dakota Department of Music and Assistant Professor of Cello Nick Curry are happy to announce two chamber music concerts. These concerts will feature guest artists from around the nation. The concerts are Friday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Both concerts will be held in Farber Hall on The University of South Dakota campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Feb. 18 concert features Duo Diorama, a violin and piano duo from New York. For their performance in South Dakota, the duo will present a mixture of traditional and contemporary works for violin and piano including works by Beethoven, Strauss, Karlins, Westerberg and List.

Comprised of violinist Minghuan Xu and pianist Winston Choi, these two compelling artists are versatile and perform an eclectic mix of musical styles, ranging from Chinese pieces, to the standart repertoire, to contemporary music.

The Feb. 19 concert will feature the great Piano Quintet in E flat major by Robert Schumann. The concert will also showcase the unique combination of the cello with the baroque guitar and theorbo. The performance of the Schumann quintet will involve Choi and Xu joining Nick Curry, cellist in the Rawlins Piano trio, and two additional guest artists, Marko Dreher and Alicia Koelz.

Both Dreher and Koelz are coming to South Dakota from Chicago where Koelz serves as the concertmaster of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She also is a substitute with the Chicago symphony orchestra.

Dreher, another dynamic performer, serves as the assistant to Vamos studio in Chicago.

The cello and theorbo/ baroque guitar music will feature Curry on cello and Adam Wead playing theorbo and guitar. They will be playing works by Kapsberger, Vivaldi and Ravel. Wead began studying the lute in Florence, Italy, with Gian Luca Lastraioli and he continued his lute studies under Mark Cudek at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Nigel North at the Early Music Institute.

Wead is a sought-after accompanist both at Indiana University and throughout the eastern United States. He has appeared with Trio Francesco Rognoni and the Camarino Band at the 2003 and 2004 Bloomington Early Music Festivals, whose performances were featured on National Public Radio's program Harmonia. He is the founding member of the ensemble Marley's Head, which regulary performs through the southeast.

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