‘The dream songs project’ plays UND March 23


David L. Dodds

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The voice and guitar duo known as “the dream songs project” will perform a concert of American songs at 8 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center on the campus of the University of North Dakota.

The program will feature two sets of songs by UND’s own Christopher Gable, who teaches music theory and composition in the Music Department. They will also perform songs by Dominick Argento, Twin Cities composer Daniel Nass, and their own arrangements of songs from Beck’s Song Reader. The event is free and open to all.

The duo, comprised of Alyssa Anderson, mezzo-soprano and Joseph Spoelstra, guitar, will also work with guitar students of Thomas Anderson, and composition students of Christopher Gable. Their visit is sponsored by the Aurora Fund through the Music Department.

Since forming in 2010, the dream songs project has engaged audiences across the Midwest through performances of a wide range of repertoire spanning from Renaissance lute songs to Romantic arias, 20th century masterpieces, and newly commissioned music. TDSP's artistic mission is to entertain and educate while bringing together performers, audiences, and composers through high quality chamber music concerts.

TDSP has self-produced numerous chamber music concerts in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Madison, Wis., and has been invited to perform for the Minnesota Guitar Society Local Artist Series, Farley's House of Pianos Concert Series, Thursday Musical Artist Series, Friday Noon Musicale, Macalester College Noon Concert Series, the Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert Series, and Zeitgeist's New Music Cabaret.

In 2011, TDSP released its first recording, Mauro Giuliani: Songs for Voice and Guitar, which includes the classical composer's well-known op. 89 Sechs Lieder, the operatic op. 95 Sei Ariette, and his rarely heard op. 13 Trois Romances. This recording has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio and several public radio broadcasts in Wisconsin, and was described by MPR host Steve Staruch as "superb" and "clean and colorful."

The ensemble is currently working on a recording of contemporary voice and guitar music by Minnesota composers, featuring works by Daniel Nass, Christopher Gable, and Katherine Bergman.

This recording will be released in 2015.