ChamberFest Dubuque

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ChamberFest Dubuque 2017

June 14: Free Student Workshop
June 15: Gala Performance
formerly Juilliard in June

This June you have the opportunity to experience an intimate concert with world-class performers that is not available anywhere else in the world – and you support music right here at home at the same time!

NISOM’s ChamberFest Dubuque is the highlight of our concert season and one unlike anything else you can see in Dubuque. Each year NISOM alumnus Michael Gilbertson hand-picks a small ensemble of fellow rising stars of the international music scene for a benefit concert for NISOM. Gilbertson is a Dubuque native who studied at the prestigious Juilliard and Yale Schools of Music and is now successful composer.

You can experience Gilbertson and friends in concert one night only at the ChamberFest Dubuque Gala Performance (formerly known as Juilliard in June) on Thursday, June 15 at Clarke University, sponsored by US Bank. After the concert, mix and mingle with the performers during a champagne and dessert reception. Each year features a unique set of performers that only come together during NISOM’s ChamberFest Dubuque. The performers are world-class, but this concert is only available in Dubuque!

With your ticket purchase, in addition to hearing a phenomenal concert, you support music in our community. Proceeds from ChamberFest Dubuque support NISOM’s mission to provide quality, affordable music education and enrichment in the Tri-State Area. You provide music lessons and classes to students of all ages and economic backgrounds and give creative outlets to adult musicians in ensembles. You reach students in downtown Dubuque with free and low-cost programs and bring the community free concerts.

Michael Gilbertson got his start at NISOM and knows the impact of a music school in Dubuque. While he was still a Juilliard student, he first approached NISOM in 2009 about a benefit concert because he wanted to give back to our school. Now, he returns year after year to bring this amazing musical performance to our community and help NISOM continue its mission, all because he deeply believes in the importance of our work.

As part of our mission of education, ChamberFest Dubuque includes a student workshop on Wednesday, June 14, where local musicians can learn from our ChamberFest guest artists. Because we have musicians of this caliber coming to Dubuque, the Iowa Arts Council and the McDonough Foundation partnered with us through grant awards to make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn from them. Thanks to grant support, the workshop is free and open to all! Children through adults are encouraged to participate.

For 2017 we have honed the focus of ChamberFest Dubuque to one public concert to make the Gala Performance, Gilbertson’s original Juilliard in June, a thorough success and for ChamberFest Dubuque to be the exemplary fundraiser he envisioned. Tickets go on sale April 17.

ChamberFest Dubuque 2017 Events:

ChamberFest Gala Performance
Formerly Juilliard in June
Thursday, June 15
7PM, Clarke University's Jansen Hall

 An intimate performance by Michael Gilbertson and friends with a champagne reception to follow, originally known as Juilliard in June. Sponsored by US Bank

ChamberFest Workshop
Wednesday, June 14
5:30-7PM, Loras College

The workshop offers local musicians the rare opportunity to learn from our exceptional ChamberFest guest artists! Michael Gilbertson and friends will lead a combined session and then break into small groups for each instrument. This opportunity is free and open to all ages; register through NISOM. Sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the McDOonough Foundation


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