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DuHamel Performs at Carnegie Hall

Posted by Cassidy Long '17, Joliet, Illinois on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013


Ann DuHamel, head of keyboard studies, performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall last month with her group Ensemble: Périphérie, under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY).

DuHamel is a founding member of Ensemble: Périphérie, a group originally comprised of musicians from the midwestern region. Their mission is to promote lesser-known composers of modern chamber works.

“I do seem to have an affinity for contemporary and modern classical music,” says DuHamel. “Though it was a bit of an acquired taste, now I cannot imagine my life without these musical explorations.”

The ensemble’s performance was both successful and well received. Composer David Gompper wrote that the group’s interpretation of his “Butterfly Dance” was “in a word, divine—highly accurate technically and musically sensitive.” Composer Louis Karchin noted that the performance of his “Four Songs on Poems of Seamus Heaney” was the best to date.

While the concert was Ensemble: Périphérie’s first at Carnegie Hall, it was DuHamel’s second appearance there. Even with years of experience under her belt, though, she admits to being nervous.

“Playing in Carnegie Hall is one of the most significant events in a musician's life and career,” she says, “so the nerves that happened were because I wanted to present a really prepared and impeccable musical program, played at a high level of artistry, for the very discerning New York audience.”

In addition to her work with Ensemble: Périphérie, DuHamel has an active performance career, with recital and concert appearances in 10 states this year alone. She has performed with the University of Minnesota, Morris Symphonic Winds in the past and plans to perform with the orchestra in the future.

“I've realized that it's important for me to make my own opportunities and to pursue good opportunities that present themselves,” says DuHamel. “It's important for students to see their music professors being active in the field, and I think there is a need for this kind of artistic expression on the Morris campus.”

Ensemble: Périphérie will serve as ensemble-in-residence on the Morris campus in the fall of 2014, with support from a 2013 University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Special Events grant.

DuHamel’s participation in the Carnegie Hall performance was sponsored, in part, by the University of Minnesota, Morris Faculty Research Enhancement Fund.

Pictured above: Ensemble: Périphérie at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall on October 26, 2013.