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Duo Concertante is comprised of violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Tim Steeves. The duo will be performing in concert at the Indian River Festival Friday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
INDIAN RIVER - The Indian River Festival continues to offer wide ranging genres of music as chamber music for violin and piano and Matt Andersen's incomparable blues come to the stage at historic St. Mary's Church, Indian River, this weekend.
On Friday, Aug. 23, Duo Concertante will present a program of violin and piano chamber music by Bach, Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Khachaturian at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 25, Matt Andersen will perform two shows at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Performing a short opening set for Matt will be Halifax singer-songwriter Kim Dunn. Highly accomplished and sought after as musician, arranger and producer, Dunn has worked with many Maritime artists including Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, Jimmy Rankin, Lennie Gallant, David Myles, Jill Barber, Dave Gunning, and George Canyon.
The inscription over Beethoven's "Kreutzer" sonata reads, "in stilo molto concertante," with the implication that the performers are two equal and dynamic voices. This notion defines violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Tim Steeves' artistic relationship.
Duo Concertante maintain a busy touring schedule, with frequent performances across North America, as well as in Europe and China. They have appeared at Wigmore Hall (London), Trinity Church (New York City), Old First Church (San Francisco), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), Roy Thomson Hall and the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and the Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur (Montreal). They perform at music festivals throughout North America, and have served as artists-in-residence at the Guelph Spring Festival, the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto, and Bishop's University. Most recently they made their Carnegie Hall debut to a sold-out audience in the Weill Recital Hall.
Perth-Andover, N.B., is the home of acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt Andersen. He took up guitar at 14, and before long was playing classic rock and Top 40 covers in pub bands while he studied studio engineering. Things changed dramatically, however, when he discovered the blues.
Andersen began to build his name on the Canadian circuit, his imposing voice and slashing slide guitar making a monolithic impression on audiences. By 2009 he had become a frequent guest on Stuart McLean's CBC radio show "The Vinyl Café" and had completed his fourth tour of the United Kingdom, where The Times called him "Canada's greatest guitarist."
In 2010 he became the first Canadian to win Memphis's famed International Blues Challenge. Andersen performs over 200 shows a year and in 2012 won the Maple Blues Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Acoustic Act of the Year and Male Vocalist of the year.
For tickets and more information call the Festival box office at 836-3733 (toll-free 1-866-856-3733) or visit www.indianriverfestival.com.