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 →
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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 →
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 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!
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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. 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.
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.
Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Percussion, was recently featured in an interview on the “@Percussion” podcast, the most followed percussion podcast on the internet. Dr. Williams was interviewed by “@Percussion” podcast host Casey Cangelosi, who was in Moorhead in November as a featured guest artist at the MSUM Day of Percussion. Listen to the podcast on YouTube.
Please join us in congratulating this year’s Dille Fund for Excellence Grant recipients: Read the rest of this entry →
Friday, Dec. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall
Fiddler Vidar Skrede will perform and talk about the art of the harding fiddle Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. The event is free and open to the public. Read the rest of this entry →
Caroling for the Digital Age
Friday, Dec. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Atomic Coffee
Members of the community are invited to join the MSUM Percussion Studio when they take to the streets for the second annual performance of Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Read the rest of this entry →
Wednesday, Nov. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre
Join us for a dynamic dance concert featuring the work of MSUM student dancers and choreographers. You are sure to be entertained with dances featuring ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at mnstate.edu/tickets. Read the rest of this entry →
Saturday, Nov. 19 | 11:15-11:45 a.m. | Hjemkomst Center
MSUM’s “Poco Fuego” Steel Drum Quintet has been invited to perform at the Pangea Cultural Diversity event at the Moorhead Hjemkomst Center on Saturday, Nov. 19. The annual Pangea event features performances and food from cultures all around the world, sharing their love of the music, dance, and song of their native land with members of the Red River Valley Community. Read the rest of this entry →
Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Music in the School of Performing Arts, was elected to the Board of Advisors of the Percussive Arts Society this past weekend at the PAS International Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. As a member of the Board, Dr. Williams will serve with a variety of percussion educators, performers, and product specialists to help guide the direction of the 6,000 member organization that features 50 chapters in the U.S. and 28 chapters abroad.
Thursday, Nov. 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Weld Hall
If you’ve never heard a woodwind quintet, you should start by hearing one of the best in the country. GRAMMY-nominated Imani Winds performs Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall on the MSUM campus. The event is the second in this year’s Chery Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series. Read the rest of this entry →
Dr. Allen Carter, Professor of Music, has just released his second CD of progressive big band jazz. “Time On My Hands” was recorded in late July in Los Angeles with some of the west coast’s finest jazz and studio musicians. Two MSUM students, Kathryn Malaktaris and Matthew Tinjum were able to accompany Dr. Carter and assist on the session with the help of a Dille Grant awarded by the university.