August 26-27. Cincinnati, OH. Collaborative recital of the complete Bach unaccompanied suites for cello along with CSO cellists Nathaniel Chaitkin and Hiro Matsuo. Conversation, wine, and food will accompany the events, with a dinner break separating two concerts (3 suites each). Sponsored by the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Carlton Monroe, director. Tickets available on the website or at the door.

August 20. MInot, ND. Community Rocks is back after two COVID-postponed shows and for our very first outdoor event, at the brand new Summer Theater amphitheater on the campus of Minot State University. Proceeds go to the Souris Valley Animal Shelter. Information will be updated as we get closer to event, but tickets should go on sale by July 1.

June 10-16. Dakota Chamber Music offers musicians from 7th grade through adult a week of chamber music immersion. Multiple faculty concerts, community outreach, masterclasses, and daily coached rehearsals form the bulk of activity. More info at the website above.

April 30. Minot Symphony Orchestra Pops concert tribute to John Williams, including music from Harry Potter, E.T., and Star Wars, as well as the MSU competition winner. 7:30pm in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. Pre-concert lecture in the hall beginning at 6:30pm.

March 25 & 27. Western Plains Opera Company presents the classic operatic comedy by Johann Strauss, Die Fledermaus. Friday is at 7:30 and Sunday matinee is at 3pm. Tickets available online and at the door.

March 5. Minot Symphony Orchestra performance of Mahler Symphony No. 1. 7:30pm in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. Pre-concert lecture in the hall beginning at 6:30pm.

February 5. Minot Symphony Orchestra Family Concert, at the special afternoon time of 3pm. Program includes Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and other favorites, as well as high school concerto competition winner Hayden Frederickson on marimba.

2021 (highlights)

November 21. Luminus performs a program with trios by Rebecca Clarke and Ernest Bloch after opening with Senaille, on authentic Baroque instruments and harpsichord. Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

October 24. Dianna and Erik Anderson perform a program with sonatas by Ethyl Smythe and Sergei Rachmaninov. Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

July 20. Lecture/performance over Zoom as part of the annual High Peaks Festival, in NY. Language, Storytelling and Music. Complete video recording on youtube.

June 7. World Premiere of the unaccompanied work Yellow Bird, by composer Sean Neukom, for cello and voice (one performer). This was part of the annual Northwest Arts Center faculty concert during Dakota Chamber Music.

Feb 21. Lecture/performance s a guest of the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Carlton Monroe, director. The two for us discuss the intersection and roles of art and craftsmanship in music. Complete video available on youtube.

2020 (highlights)

October 24. Musical guest for the the latest episode of Good Night Live, filmed live at The O in Minot. Electric cello as lead guitar for Free Bird (Skynyrd), Eruption and Ice Cream Man (Van Halen), and Creeping Death (Metallica).

October 15, 7pm. Part of a panel of guests on The Good Talk for a conversation on the most important periods of musical creativity in the last century. Though the focus is 5-year increments from the recent past, with a definite slant toward popular music, I argued for a ten year period from further back. Will be defending 1914-1923.

October 9 and 10 Guest pianist Jihye Chang joins Luminus for A Weekend with Beethoven, on the campus of Minot State University. Concerts each night at 7:30pm featuring sonatas and variations for piano and cello/violin. Events will be live-streamed, though a limited live audience is invited to attend. $10 all seats, available at the door. Free with MSU ID. Also, six registered performing participants will play in open masterclasses with string faculty, read music of Beethoven with Jihye or Dianna for 75 minutes, and attend all presentations and performances live.

October 7 Guest coach with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Wind Ensemble, for a one hour session exploring rehearsal techniques for Terry Riley’s In C. Absolutely love this work, and excited to clinic with these students on the extraordinary possibilities for developing creativity, listening, and ensemble skills.

September 24/26 Minot Symphony Orchestra, season opener, featuring three works from the 18th century. The first concert with a paid audience since the last MSO concert in March. So grateful we get to play live music for a live audience again!

July 30-Aug 2 Dakota Chamber Music Festival, 24th annual. No faculty recitals this year as we host a shortened version for everyone’s safety. However, Beo and Adam Estes will join the festival from their homes for live coaching sessions with our groups as well as virtual presentations. Grateful for the chance to play Beethoven, Prokofiev, and some new music for two presentations on interpretation and rehearsal techniques. (Minot, ND)

March 7 Minot Symphony Orchestra, Fun & Games, featuring music from video games and the Minot State University Division of Music 2020 Honors winner, pianist Sean Bostrom, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

March 1 3:00pm. Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra, Borodin Quartet No.2 and Robert Schumann Piano Quintet. Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND.

February 28 3:30-5:30pm, Masterclass at UMary (Bismarck, ND), working with cello and bass students.

February 15 Community Rocks at the Grand Hotel, symphonic rock concert to benefit Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports. (Minot, ND) Community Rocks

January 24-26 principal cellist for Western Plains Opera Company presentation of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel (Minot, ND)

January 12 Cantata BWV 154 and other Baroque selections with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, as part of the 5:00pm Vespers service at St. Thomas Church, Cincinnati, OH.

January 10 Bach and Vivaldi lecture/recital in collaboration with Director and keyboardist Carlton Monroe and members of their Young Artist program. 7:30pm, St. Thomas Church

2019 (highlights)

September 28-29 Beethoven Triple Concerto with pianist Dianna Anderson and violinist Andrew Sords; a reunion with Scott Seaton, former conductor of the Minot Symphony.

July 25 Super fun rendition of Man of Constant Sorrow, Oh, Brother Where Art Thou style, with Blaine Baiduk and Tim Nelson rounding out the vocal trio. Faculty night never disappoints for collaboration and variety!

May 28-June 2. China! Dianna and I gave a recital and a on music at USST (University of Shanghai for Science and Technology) in Shanghai,China. Music, food, culture. The time hanging out with the students was amazing. Visited Hangzhou for two days and toured all around Shanghai with them as our guides.

April 27 Concerto time! So excited to perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Luminus (Dianna Anderson and Jon Rumney) and the Minot Symphony Orchestra minotsymphony

February 19-22 Guests of Augustana University for their annual Piano Festival. Duo recital with Dianna Anderson for an all-Beethoven program on Friday the 22nd, masterclasses, teaching and an OrdinaryExtraOrdinary lecture. More info at Lee Piano Festival

January 6 Cantata BWV 81 as part of the 5:00pm Vespers service at St. Thomas Church, Cincinnati, OH.

January 4 Bach: ordinaryextraordinary lecture as a guest of the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Cincinnati, OH. 7:30pm, St. Thomas Church

2018 (highlights)

November 4 Mendelssohn Octet, plus Nielsen and Glazounov with the Missouri valley Chamber Orchestra

October 27 Minot Symphony Orchestra concert. Performing bass for a fully-staged version of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, then principal cello for a Halloween-themed second half.

June 3 Joining Malte Roessner, bass voice, and Bay area musicians for the world premier of Clint Borzoni’s song set for bass and string quartet, The Hidden Singer. Also performing Mendelssohn Op. 13 as part of the Musica Marin Series (San Francisco, CA)

January 16 7pm, Beo, a fabulous young string quartet out of Pittsburgh, kicks off their tour of North Dakota with an informal house concert at our home, 428 Homestead Rd. NW. (Minot, ND) Beostringquartet

2017 (highlights)

October 13 Anderson Duo, violinist Rene Mandel, and host Ruth Ellen Kahn present Bach & Brahms in Belvedere as part of the Musica Marin Series (San Francisco, CA)

October 13 Anderson Duo and host Ruth Ellen Kahn performing Brahms and works inspired by Spanish culture as part of the Musica Marin Series (San Francisco, CA)

July 23-29 5 International Music Camp. Teaching and performing all week. Performance of Handel-Halvorsen Passacgalia with colleague Sonja Harasim, violin.

April 29 Soloist for Dvorak Cello Concerto in b, Op. 104 with Minot Symphony Orchestra.(Minot, ND)

February 26-March 1 Bach: ordinaryextraordinary lecture and two other house concerts as a guest of Ashley Sandor-Sidon at Drake University in Iowa. Drake University cello studio

February 12 Guest artist with Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas (Cincinnati, OH)