N.D. native returns to roots with group

The New York Kammermusiker, a New York-based group that performs double-reed classical music, is returning to North Dakota for three performances Sept. 2-4.

Formed in 1969 by North Dakota native Ilonna Pederson, this non-profit organization seeks to reintroduce the instruments and the music of the double-reed band to modern audiences. The group prepares modern scores from long-neglected musical manuscripts they seek out in their travels so that they can bring the music of the shawm bands to modern listeners. The sound is full and resonant, as if a much larger group were playing. The ensemble not only performs, but also speaks with the audience, giving historical and cultural context to the music, making it come alive.

This is the eighth consecutive year that the distinguished group has brought their musical ensemble to their director’s home state, and its 10th overall visit.

Performances will be held in: Fargo, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. at ecce gallery, 216 Broadway. For information and tickets, call 212-749-2207; Wahpeton, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. at NDSCS Stern Cultural Center, 800 N. 6th Street. Admission is free for all. For information, call 642-2811; and Ellendale, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Bible College Chapel. For information and tickets, call 349-2490.