ChamberFest Dubuque Gala Concert
Thursday, June 15, 7 PM
@ Clarke University Jansen Hall (1550 Clarke Dr)
Experience an intimate concert with rising stars of the international music scene while supporting local music! At the ChamberFest Dubuque Gala Concert, you will hear Dubuque native composer Michael Gilbertson and fellow highly-trained musicians perform solos and small ensembles in a variety of musical styles, all highlighting the virtuosity of this year’s guest artists. Sponsored by US Bank, the concert on June 15 begins at 7 p.m. in Clarke University’s Jansen Hall. After the performance, mix and mingle with the performers during a champagne and dessert reception.
Hear one of Dubuque’s most in-demand musical events, while your ticket purchase supports local music. Proceeds from ChamberFest Dubuque support the nonprofit Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM) and its mission to provide quality, affordable music education and enrichment in the community.
Tickets are available now at NISOM and nisom.com. Call 563-690-0151 to charge tickets by phone. Fees may apply to phone, online, and credit card purchases. Adult tickets are $50. Student tickets are also available for $25. Seating is general admission.
Each year NISOM alumnus Michael Gilbertson hand-picks a unique combination of artists for the benefit concert. Gilbertson studied at the prestigious Juilliard and Yale Schools of Music and is now a successful composer. His works have been performed across the country, including a string quartet for the Verona Quartet that premiered at Carnegie Hall in February.
Joining Gilbertson at ChamberFest Dubuque this year are cellist Bridget Pasker, a fellow Dubuque native and Juilliard alumna; pianist Sean Chen, who took the crystal award in the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013; violinist Elizabeth Fayette, who has been praised by the New York Times for her “alluring, lustrous sound and seasoned virtuosity;” guitarist Jiji Kim, who recently won the highly-coveted first prize in the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition; and percussionist Mari Yoshinaga, who has performed, lectured, coached, and taught in Asia, Europe and the United States. These distinguished musicians perform separately across the country and around the world, but they will only come together for NISOM’s ChamberFest Dubuque.
While in Dubuque, the guest artists will lead a free student workshop on Wednesday, June 14 at Loras College thanks to grant support from the Iowa Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation.
Gilbertson gives back year after year because he knows the impact NISOM has in Dubuque. He says, “The guest artists for this year’s ChamberFest program include some of the top classical artists of my generation. Without NISOM, where I first began composition lessons when I was 14, I would never have pursued the career that has given me the opportunity to work with artists of this caliber. It is always a wonderful experience to perform with them to support NISOM and music education in Dubuque.” n[end]