For the Fargo Moorhead Area Music Club, celebrating 125 years means that generations of musicians have grown up in a thriving arts community. Now, the same artists have become leaders of the very organizations that once supported them, leading today’s youth to a more harmonic future. To celebrate this monumental anniversary, the FM Area Music Club welcomes the public to attend a concert featuring a trio of outstanding musicians. The Lyra Trio features Jane Linde Capistran on violin, Elise Buffat Nelson on cello, and Amy Mercer on piano.
The concert will take place on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church located at 650 2nd Ave N in Fargo.
With roots going back to 1894, it’s hard to put a number on the amount of musicians who have been impacted by the organization. These three nurturing educators have had an impact on countless youth alone, from the students they teach to the people who are moved by their performances.
Furthermore, through their work as a tight-knit chamber group, they have supported emerging female composers writing modern music today, including Kristi Fullerton (b. 1992), Natalie Fideler (b. 1996), and Lera Auerbach (b. 1973) to name a few. For the group, the journey of discovery, exploration and rehearsal of a new piece develops a special bond and wonderful friendship that translates into seamless performances.
All three of the trio serve the community as educators so it’s no wonder they are fully engrossed in the community of creating music in Fargo-Moorhead. As a recent retiree of 17 years at Concordia College, Jane Linda Capistran continues to bring music into the lives of countless young people.
Capistran is a native of Moorhead who studied violin at Concordia with Isabelle Thomson and Robert Strava while in high school. Her higher education began at Bemidji State University for her undergraduate degree in music education, followed by her education at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, receiving a Master of Arts in violin performance. Coming back full circle, Capistran’s daughter Madeline now attends the same school for violin. At the start of her career as an educator, Capistran worked with elementary orchestras in Iowa City Community School District followed by six years at Fargo South High School.
While she has retired from Concordia, her career as an educator is far from over. Capistran continues to conduct the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies and as string representative with the F-M Symphony Orchestra.
“We’ve always had a long heritage and history of musicians in the area, and we’ve always had so many opportunities and options, it’s a real strength,” explained Capistran. “As the area grows, the arts have continued to grow with it. The Youth Symphony, for example, will celebrate their 50th year anniversary, and I played in it as a high school student! I’m so fortunate to conduct because public programs like this exist.”
The F-M Area Music Club supports 13 school and college music scholarships every year. In addition to the musical performances including Lyra Trio and The Notables, the meeting will be an opportunity to donate to the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Artists Scholarship Fund. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event.
For more information or to connect with the group, visit them on Facebook.