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HEAR: ChamberFest Dubuque's Live IPR Session!

Barney Sherman

In 2009, MichaelGilbertson - a young man from Dubuque who has become one of America's leading composers - wanted to raise funds for his alma mater, the Northeast Iowa School of Music. He invited some fellow Juilliard students to come to his hometown for a benefit concert - and it was such a hit that it gave rise to an annual two-week event called ChamberFestDubuque. This year's Fest brings two weeks of concerts, outreach, and education - and its grand finale is a gala chamber concert Thursday night at Clarke University's Jansen Hall. It's definitely worth the trip to Dubuque - and we have proof!

On Monday, a few musicians from the festival came with Michael to our studio to give a live preview concert. First, violist HariBernstein (a member of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra) played a Bach prelude. Then came some Bach from pianist Sean Chen, who in 2013 became the first American  finalist at the Van CliburnCompetition since 1997 - and as of last week, one of five winners of the even-more prestigious Lenore AnnenbergCareer Fellowship. Chen is also a composer, and he played his own transcription of an Andante from a Bach violin sonata. Finally, Chen and cellist Madeleine Kabat (who has won several awards and soloed with the Cleveland Orchestra)  performed a Schubert excerpt. Listen to their session by clicking on the arrow below:


Barney Sherman is a Senior Music Producer and Classical Music Host