Uptown Brass featuring members of the Minnesota Orchestra.
The Uptown Brass are all musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. They have played together for 17 years and have performed together and individually in every US state and throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa. These 5 brass virtuosos have been members of the Empire Brass, Canadian Brass, Meridian Arts Ensemble, and Dallas Brass. They have performed in major concert venues worldwide and with all of the leading US orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, LA Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony. They are all best friends and got their name from rehearsing and playing neighborhood educational fundraising concerts and parties in Mike's garage in Uptown Minneapolis.
The Uptown Brass presents an eclectic, entertaining, and virtuosic program featuring songs of joy from around the world inspired by dance rhythms of many cultures. Programs will include the music of Bernstein, Piazzolla, and Paquito D’ Rivera as well as African American spirituals.
"Home for the Holidays" with cellist, Trevor Minton
Trevor was born in Rapid City, South Dakota where he attended the Black Hills Suzuki school studying cello first with Bruce Knowles then Liz Benusis. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree as a full-scholarship recipient from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying with Karen Becker. He then received his Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder where he studied with Judith Glyde and Thomas Heinrich. Additional principal mentors include Erik Anderson, Robert deMaine, and David Ying.
Aside from solo and orchestral performances, Trevor has also studied chamber music with members of the Chiara String Quartet, Takács Quartet, and Ying Quartet. He attended the renowned Bowdoin International Music Festival and Dakota Chamber Music where he recently returned as faculty. Trevor was a semi-finalist in the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition: The Art of Duo in 2018.
As a professional musician, Trevor performs with the Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, and Colorado Symphony. Recently, he is involved with Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight food insecurity in local communities.
Trevor plays on a cello made by Riccardo Antoniazzi made in 1910 in Milan.
Performing with Trevor is renowned pianist, Damien Krzyzek.
J. Laiten Weed South Dakota Honors Orchestra
Comprised of the top high school students from across South Dakota under the direction of Maestro, Dr. Steve Amundson. This bonus concert celebrates the top string students in an exciting program designed to be thrilling and informative.
With performances acclaimed for both “high-octane” excitement (Strad) and “dusky lyricism” (New York Times), the Aeolus Quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings "worthy of a major-league quartet" (Dallas Morning News). Formed in 2008, the Quartet is comprised of violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Caitlin Lynch, and cellist Jia Kim. Mark Satola of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “The quartet has a rich and warm tone combined with precise ensemble playing (that managed also to come across as fluid and natural), and an impressive musical intelligence guided every technical and dramatic turn.” The Aeolus Quartet has performed in venues ranging from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, to Dupont Underground, a subterranean streetcar station in DC's Dupont Circle. They were the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School and are currently Quartet-in-Residence at Musica Viva NY.
Dr. Paul Barnes, Piano
Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity," and the San Francisco Chronicle as “ferociously virtuosic,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured seven times on APM’s Performance Today and on the cover of Clavier Magazine with his recordings streamed worldwide.
Celebrating his twenty-five-year collaboration with Philip Glass, Barnes commissioned and gave the world premiere of Glass's Piano Quintet "Annunciation." The work is Glass's first piano quintet and first work based on Greek Orthodox chant. Barnes recording of the quintet with string quartet superstars Brooklyn Rider was released in October of 2019 to critical acclaim. ResMusica in Paris wrote: "Paul Barnes, whose pianistic lines are always clear, is a marvel of dialogue with Brooklyn Rider."
Celebration of Strings in collaboration with the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills
Led by the professional musicians of the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, area string students of all levels will rehearse, study, and perform with the top professional musicians native to Rapid City.