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An Evening of Dance

Posted on April 21, 2017

Saturday, April 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre

On Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre, the School of Performing Arts presents a dynamic dance concert featuring the work of student dancers and choreographers, including ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap. For tickets, go to mnstate.edu/tickets, or visit or call the MSUM Box Office at (218) 477-2271 M-F from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets also available at the door.

Dr. Kenyon Williams to Perform at SEAMUS

Posted on April 19, 2017

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Music, will perform this Friday at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Dr. Williams will be performing a composition he commissioned in 2011 from New York composer Cort Lippe, “Duo for Tenor Steel Pan and Computer.” The work will be one of many recent and world premier compositions to be performed throughout the three day festival featuring performing artists and composers from around the world.

Music Convocation features special guest

Posted on April 18, 2017

Friday, April 21 | 3 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall

Rachel Childers, 2nd horn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, joins flutist Tiana Grise, Music, for a Convocation of wind chamber music Friday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Other performers are Sam Childers, bassoon; Stephanie Carlson, oboe; Cassie Keogh, clarinet; and Stephen Sulich, piano. The performance is free and open to the public.

Metamorphoses

Posted on April 07, 2017

April 5-8 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage

Challenging production transforms Gaede Stage into 20-ton pool of water

Ovid’s mythological tales undergo dramatic transformation by contemporary, award-winning director/playwright Mary Zimmerman in a production of Metamorphoses, presented by the MSUM School of Performing Arts April 5 to 8 on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.  Read the rest of this entry →

An Evening of Dance

Posted on March 31, 2017

Saturday, April 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre

Join us for a dynamic dance concert featuring the work of student dancers and choreographers. You are sure to be entertained with dances featuring ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap.

Tickets are available at the MSUM Box Office.

MSUM Percussion Ensemble Presents: ‘Percussion Electronica’

Posted on March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre

The MSUM Percussion Ensemble will present their Spring 2017 performance this Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre. Entitled “Percussion Electronica,” the concert will feature a wide variety of works that blend acoustic percussion with electro-acoustic sounds and instruments, including the world premier of a composition for electronics and Middle Eastern hand percussion by the ensemble’s own student member, Aaron Gabriel. Come enjoy a truly unique evening of music! Tickets are available at the MSUM Box office or at the door ($7 adults, $5 students, free for MSUM students, faculty, and staff).  Read the rest of this entry →

Music professors perform at FMSO PDQ Bach Chamber Concert

Posted on March 24, 2017

Sunday, March 26 | 2 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church, Fargo

Dr. Monte Grisé and Dr. Kenyon Williams will perform this Sunday for the Fargo Moorhead Symphony’s Chamber Concert event, “April Foolin’ With PDQ Bach.” This musical-comedy concert is guaranteed to leave you laughing while enjoying the antics of the “Weird Al” of classical music, PDQ Bach. The concert will feature music such as PDQ’s infamous “Schleptet,” “Organ Prelude: Agnus Dei et Ave Maria” and “Largo alla Fargo” (because parts of it sound like a woodchipper). Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Fargo, ND. Tickets are available online at www.fmso.org or at the door.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Music professor to host FM Symphony PDQ Bach Concert

Posted on March 22, 2017

Sunday, March 26 | 2 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Music at MSUM, will host the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony’s “April Foolin’ with PDQ Bach” chamber music concert this coming Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (in downtown Fargo). The concert will feature strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and percussion performing a wide selection of works by PDQ Bach, the 21st of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 20 children, known as the “scourge of classical music.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Manno-Dean Piano Duo

Posted on March 16, 2017

Thursday, March 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall

Terrie Manno (Professor of Music/Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies) and Michael Dean (Professor and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University) will present a Duo Piano recital Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the MSUM Center for the Arts Fox Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Percussion Ensemble to perform Steve Reich masterwork

Posted on February 24, 2017

As a part of the MSUM Freshman/Transfer Scholarship Audition Day this Friday, the MSUM Percussion Ensemble will present an open rehearsal/performance of Steve Reich’s epic masterwork “Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ” in the Center for the Arts Art Gallery from 1:30-2:20 p.m. Come listen to this gentle, flowing work which begs the listener to practice “deep listening” to a variety of slowly shifting musical tambres. Admission is free.  Read the rest of this entry →

Upbeat comedy takes the stage

Posted on February 17, 2017

MSUM’s School of Performing Arts theatre students will have to summon their bravest selves for the third performance of the academic year. The Full Monty opens Wednesday, Feb. 15, on the Hansen Theatre stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.

A raucous pop-rock musical, The Full Monty tells the story of six unemployed steel workers who put together a strip act to raise money to pay their bills. The men model their show after the Chippendales, a famous male striptease act, but they take it a step farther by going “the full Monty” — completely nude. As the men prepare for the show, they work through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie. The show is based on the cult hit film of the same name, and tackles gender expectations and stereotypes with humor and honest affection.  Read the rest of this entry →

Scholarship Audition Day

Posted on February 16, 2017

Friday, Feb. 24 

Schedule an audition for your chance at thousands of dollars in scholarships for music and theatre majors and non-majors!

Visit mnstate.edu/spa/scholarships for more information and to schedule an audition.

MSUM Grammy connection

Posted on February 14, 2017

MSUM recently hosted two musical artists who won Grammy Awards this past Sunday evening: Shane Shanahan (Best World Music Album with “The Silk Road Ensemble,”) and Larnell Lewis (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album with “Snarky Puppy”).

Both artists performed alongside MSUM students at the MSUM Day of Percussion in November of 2017. There’s great things happening in the School of Performing Arts!

To find out about future student and guest artist performances, visit: https://www.mnstate.edu/spa/events.aspxRead the rest of this entry →

MSUM to host Honors High School Percussion Ensemble

Posted on February 07, 2017

Saturday, Feb. 11 | 4 p.m. | Center for the Arts Great White Hall

The School of Performing Arts will host the 3rd annual Honors High School Percussion Ensemble this weekend under the direction of Dr. Kenyon Williams. Top high school students from throughout the FM region audition to receive placement within the ensemble. The Honors Ensemble will be joined by members of the MSUM Percussion Ensemble to present a final performance on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts “Great White Hall.” Admission is free.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM students shine at KCACTF

Posted on February 06, 2017

Fourteen MSUM University Theatre students recently attended the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Des Moines, Iowa. Students participated in several days of workshops and lectures, attended various performances, and competed in the Irene Ryan acting competition.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Music Education student wins third place in international vocal competition

Posted on February 03, 2017

Senior Erik Hagfors took third place in the Great Composers Competition on Jan. 31, 2017. The award was for the Best Schubert Performance in honor of the 220th anniversary of the birth of Franz Schubert. Congratulations goes out to this talented senior.

He will be giving a recital April 29 at 7:30 in Fox Recital Hall if you wish to hear him in person.

Ice percussion music at Frostival

Posted on January 27, 2017

Friday, Jan. 27 | 6-6:30 p.m. | Broadway Theatre Garage

MSUM Professor of Percussion Dr. Kenyon Williams spent most of his holiday break creating and experimenting with ice instruments. Come see the results as he performs as a member of the Varying Degrees Percussion Trio on Friday, Jan. 27 from 6-6:30 p.m. in front of the Broadway Theatre Garage (across from the Fargo Theatre): 409 Broadway.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Dufault, Sulich recital Jan. 22

Posted on January 12, 2017

Sunday, Jan. 22 | 4 p.m. | Christiansen Recital Hall

Sunday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m., Dr. Jenny Dufault and Maestro Stephen Sulich will be performing in recital at Concordia College in the Christiansen Recital Hall. The performance includes works by Gershwin and spirituals by John Carter, also on the program are the “Four Last Songs” by Richard Strauss. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Krajewski’s presentation received with rave reviews

Posted on January 09, 2017

Dr. Michael J. Krajewski (Music Industry and Guitar) recently presented a music technology presentation at the Jazz Education Network conference in New Orleans, LA. His presentation “Moving on up: Upgrading from GarageBand to a professional Digital Audio Workstation” was received with rave reviews.

‘Time On My Hands’ Receives 4.5 Star Review

Posted on December 14, 2016

Professor of Music Allen Carter’s new CD “Time On My Hands” has received a highly positive review in the publication All About Jazz garnering 4 1/2 out of a possible 5 star rating. The review states that, “Simply, it can’t be done any better.” Along with citing the quality of Carter’s work, the review also points to the audio engineering work of MSUM colleague Ryan Jackson. You can see the full review at allaboutjazz.com.

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