ChamberFest Dubuque

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make ChamberFest Dubuque 2018 a success! 


June 6 & 7, 2018

Experience an intimate concert with world-class performers while supporting local community music programs. Don’t miss the 10th year of ChamberFest Dubuque!

NISOM’s ChamberFest Dubuque is the highlight of our concert season and one unlike anything else you can hear in Dubuque. Each year NISOM alumnus and 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist 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 teaching at the San Fransico Conservatory of Music.

Joining Gilbertson this year are cellist Bridget Pasker, a fellow Dubuque native and Juilliard alumna; violinist Hanah Stuart, member of the San Diego Symphony who was among our first performers in 2009; pianist David Fung, who recently made his solo recital debut at The Kennedy Center; clarinetist Zach Manzi of Miami’s New World Symphony Orchestra, who was recently featured in his own TED Talk; and percussionist Evan Saddler, a Dubuque native who recently graduated from Juilliard with a masters degree in percussion. See below to learn more about this year's performers. 

You can experience Gilbertson and friends in concert one night only at the ChamberFest Dubuque concert on Thursday, June 7 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! Tickets go on sale April 17.

With your ticket purchase, in addition to hearing the artists in an intimate setting, 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 6, where local musicians can learn from our ChamberFest guest artists. The workshop is free and open to all! Children through adults are encouraged to participate.
 

ChamberFest Dubuque 2018 Events:

ChamberFest Concert
Thursday, June 7
7PM, Clarke University's Jansen Hall

 An intimate performance by Michael Gilbertson and friends with a champagne reception to follow. Sponsored by US Bank

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ChamberFest Workshop
Wednesday, June 6
5:30-7PM, Clarke University

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 on the Jansen Hall stage where they perform the follow evening. Then partcipants will break into small groups for each instrument. This opportunity is free and open to all ages; register through NISOM. 

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Performers:

Michael Gilbertson
Artistic Director
 

Michael Gilbertson is a composer whose works have been described as "elegant" and "particularly beautiful" by The New York Times, "vivid, tightly woven" and "delectably subtle" by the Baltimore Sun, and "genuinely moving" by the Washington Post. He studied composition at The Juilliard School and at Yale. Michael's orchestral works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony. His choral pieces include works published by Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer. His one-act opera, Breaking, was commissioned by the Washington National Opera and premiered at The Kennedy Center in 2013. His recent work Quartet was premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2017. The piece earned him a nomination for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music, for which he was a finalist.

David Fung
Piano
 

Described as “stylish and articulate” in the New York Times and having “superstar qualities” by Le Libre, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for performances that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Mr. Fung regularly appears with premier ensembles worldwide. David recently made his New York recital debut presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers. In 2017-18, he has solo recital debuts at the Brussels Piano Festival and the Kennedy Center presented by Washington Performing Arts, and performances with Orpheus, the Albany Symphony, and others. Mr. Fung garnered international attention as a winner in two of the "top five" international piano competitions (the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv). The first piano graduate of the prestigious Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, Mr. Fung has also studied at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik and the Yale School of Music.

Hanah Stuart
Violin
 

Hanah Stuart, hailed as a performing artist who “wields a violin with unmistakable panache” (Theater Mania), is a member of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra, and was previously Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Utah Symphony. Ms. Stuart has served as Concertmaster of The Juilliard Orchestra, The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra and The YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Stuart’s media appearances and recordings include features on Harmony Film’s documentary The Road to Carnegie Hall, CBS's The Early Show, 2009 Kronberg Academy's Abschlusskonzert der Meisterschüler, and an internationally broadcast performance for Keshet Eilon’s Gala Concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been featured on HBO’s 2006 Academy Award nominated documentary, Rehearsing a Dream.

Bridget Pasker
Cello
 

Cellist Bridget Pasker is a passionate chamber musician and performer. A Dubuque native, Bridget has performed in many countries of the world, including the US, Canada, Italy, and France. While in Italy, Bridget was very excited to receive a scholarship from the Cini Foundation to perform and record the works of Gino Gorini, a 20th century Venetian composer at the Teatro La Fenice. The recording can be found on Naxos or ordered at bridgetpasker.com. Bridget holds a Bachelors degree from The Juilliard School, as well as a Professional Studies diploma and Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While she was completing her studies at The Juilliard School, Bridget discovered a true passion for outreach and music education and was honored to be selected as a Gluck Community Service Fellow. She has a teaching studio at the Mid Peninsula Music Academy in Redwood City, CA.  

Zach Mani
Clarinet
 

Zach Manzi is the Co-Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble Conduit. Zach recently completed three seasons as a Clarinet Fellow at the New World Symphony (NWS) in Miami. He has performed summer seasons at the Colorado Music Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, Aspen Music Festival, and Brevard Music Institute. A passionate educator, Zach regularly teaches clarinet master classes and lessons and received a Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship to teach music to third graders in an underserved New York City public school. He co-created and produced the informal educational webisode series NWS Offstage, in which NWS Fellows share tips about being healthy and productive musicians. He has also been invited to present about innovation in classical music at several national and international conferences, including a talk at TEDxCoconutGrove in Miami last year. Zach received his Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School in 2015.

Evan Saddler
Percussion
 

Evan Saddler is a collaborative percussionist interested in synergy between artists from across disciplines. The first prize winner of the 2014 Kerope Zildjian Percussion Competition and the 2016 Black Swamp Percussion Competition, Evan enjoys performing in a variety of musical contexts ranging from mixed-chamber, orchestral, interdisciplinary artistic collaborations, post-rock, and as a multi-percussion soloist. Evan recently performed on three world-premieres of pieces for small ensemble during the Bang on a Can Festival at MASSMoCA in 2016. He has also performed with the Michigan Percussion Quartet at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in Cape Town, South Africa. Additional performances have included engagements with AXIOM, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado.

 

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