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At the invitation of the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts selected North Dakota for its National Symphony Orchestra 2003 American Residency.

The 2003 American Residency is funded by the Kennedy Center through a grant from the United States Department of Education with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional local support for the 2003 North Dakota Residency is provided by the North Dakota State Legislature through a Lewis and Clark Grant to the North Dakota Council on the Arts and by Arts Midwest. Statewide media sponsorship provided by North Dakota Public Radio and Prairie Public Television. Additional assistance is provided by the North Dakota Arts Alliance/Alliance for Arts Education.
[About the 2003 American Residency}
The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is scheduled to present more than 200 performance, educational and outreach activities in North Dakota between April 29 and May 9, 2003. During the 10 days, members of the NSO will fan out across the state sharing their talent and their passion with music educators, students, and audiences. There will be a total of 15 orchestral concerts, including 10 concerts for young people. Proceeds from all concerts remain in state to benefit presenting organizations.

The NSO will celebrate a meeting of cultures in a special Prelude Concert entitled "Birds: A Cultural Journey of Discoveries," featuring NSO flutist Alice Kogan Weinreb and traditional Native American flutist Keith Bear, to be performed prior to each of the full Orchestra concerts.

As part of the National Symphony Orchestra's North Dakota Residency, the BECS Quartet, a chamber music ensemble featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra, will present five chamber concerts and a dozen other events on a tour separate from the full Orchestra's itinerary. The quartet will be traveling to the following towns in North Dakota: Belcourt, Rugby, New Town, Williston, Dickinson, Knife River Indian Villages at Stanton, Carrington, and Jamestown. Of these, three sites - New Town, Williston, and Knife River Indian Villages - are known to have been visited by Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery. North Dakota is currently celebrating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The chamber ensemble will premiere a new composition by North Dakota resident Michael Wittgraf. Mr. Wittgraf's piece, titled The Nature of a Circle: The Cycle of Lewis and Clark, was specifically commissioned by the Kennedy Center and the NSO for the North Dakota Residency. The title refers to the changes inherent in the nature of cycles and, specifically, to the cycle of the year, and of the seasons, that forced Lewis and Clark to spend the winter of 1804 in what is now North Dakota.

A further allusion to the exploration undertaken by Lewis and Clark is in the NSO Young People's Concerts to be led by Assistant Conductor Emil de Cou. He has chosen the theme "Xploring Xtremes" for his varied program, for which he will also provide commentary. 7000 children will attend these concerts in Bismarck alone.

The schedule is intense and the impact is expected to be significant and long lasting.

[Residency Follow-up Activities] Summer Music Institute: Since 1992, the Kennedy Center/NSO Summer Music Institute - a training program for young orchestral musicians (ages 14-20) from across the country - has welcomed students annually for three weeks of study, rehearsal and coaching sessions. As part of the American Residency, up to six students from North Dakota will be chosen to receive scholarships to the 2003 Summer Music Institute. Students are selected by taped audition.

Teacher Fellowship: A North Dakota music teacher will be selected by for an individually designed program to further the teacher's professional development. The program will take place in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Symphony Orchestra of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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The National Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to present more than 200 performance, educational and outreach activities in North Dakota between April 29 and May 9, 2003. During the 10 days, members of the NSO will fan out across the state sharing their talent and their passion with music educators, students, and audiences. There will be a total of 15 orchestral concerts, including 10 concerts for young people. Some of the highlights include:


Tues., April 29 Travel Period TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of Packing up and Heading Out Travel from Washington, DC to Minot, ND Video Icon Packing up and Heading Out Over 100 musicians hop on the bus and head out for North Dakota in full gear.

Wed., April 30 Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, Minot State University, Minot, ND TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of A busy day in Minot Education Activities in Minot Region

Full Orchestral Concert at 7:30 p.m., Leonard Slatkin, conducting
Video Icon A busy day in Minot Executive Director Rita Shapiro shares why she is excited about the Residency's educational programs.

Thurs., May 1 Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, Minot State University, Minot, ND TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of National Endowment for the Arts NSO Young People's Concerts at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Emil de Cou, conducting

Travel from Minot to Bismarck

Education activities and Chamber Concerts in Minot and Bismarck Regions
Video Icon National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts Director of music and opera Wayne S. Brown discusses the effect of the Residency on the Minot community.

Fri., May 2 Bismarck Civic Center Arena, Bismark, ND TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of Young People's Concert in Bismarck NSO Young People's Concerts at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Emil de Cou, conducting

Education Activities in Bismarck Region

Full Orchestral Concert at 8 p.m., Leonard Slatkin, conducting
Video Icon Young People's Concert in Bismarck The orchestra give performances for over 6,000 children at the Bismarck Civic Center.

Sat., May 3 Bismarck Region TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of World premiere played on Chamber Tour Education Activities in Bismarck Region Video Icon World premiere played on Chamber Tour The BECS Quartet played the world premiere of a string quartet by Michael Wittgraf in Rugby, North Dakota.

Sun., May 4 Reineke Fine Arts Center Festival Concert Hall, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of The Unlikely Trio performs around Bismarck Travel from Bismarck to Fargo

Education Activities in Bismarck and Fargo-Moorhead Regions

Full Orchestral Concert at 8 p.m., Leonard Slatkin, conducting
Video Icon The Unlikely Trio performs around Bismarck Dotian Levalier, Principal Harp, talks about recent performances of The Unlikely Trio. Meanwhile, Alice Kogan Weinreb, flute, and Laurel Bennert Ohlson, Associate Principal horn, give masters classes around Bismarck and Fargo-Moorhead.

Mon., May 5 Reineke Fine Arts Center Festival Concert Hall, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of Leonard Slatkin -- advocate and teacher NSO Young People's Concerts at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Emil de Cou, conducting

Education Activities and Chamber Concerts in Fargo-Moorhead Region
Video Icon Leonard Slatkin -- advocate and teacher Among the NSO’s numerous North Dakota Residency events are Music Director Leonard Slatkin’s conducting workshops and a Music Education Advocacy Address.

Tues., May 6 Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of NSO musicians engage with local communities Travel from Fargo to Grand Forks

Education Activities in Grand Forks Region

Full Orchestral Concert at 8 p.m., Leonard Slatkin, conducting
Video Icon NSO musicians engage with local communities Musician William Wielgus shares why the education and outreach activities on the Residency are so important to him.

Wed., May 7 Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of Cultures converge through music NSO Young People's Concerts at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Emil de Cou, conducting

Travel from Grand Forks to Fargo

Education Activities and Chamber Concerts in Grand Forks and Fargo-Moorhead Regions
Video Icon Cultures converge through music NSO flutist Alice Weinreb joins Native American Keith Bear in a concert highlighting the different styles and sounds of their instruments.

Thurs., May 8 Reineke Fine Arts Center Festival Concert Hall, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of Setting up the stage NSO Young People's Concerts at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Emil de Cou, conducting

Education Activities in Fargo Region

Full Orchestral Concert at 8 p.m., Emil de Cou, conducting
Video Icon Setting up the stage A really fast look at the process of setting up the stage for the National Symphony Orchestra.

Fri., May 9 Travel Period TOUR VIDEO CLIPS
Photo of Planning and preparation pay off Orchestra travels from Fargo to Washington, DC Video Icon Planning and preparation pay off Orchestra Manager Kate Gorecki started planning for North Dakota two years ago. Now she sees her plans become reality.

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