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Third Coast Chamber Collective Festival Begins August 12th, Opening Performance 'Really a Treat'

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The Third Coast Chamber Collective Festival will begin August 12 and run through August 21 at venues across northern Minnesota

The Third Coast Chamber Collective is hosting a number of events this summer including summer camps for kids and adults. The TCCC also hosts a Festival which begins on August 12th at locations across northern Minnesota. Cellist and Co-founder of the TCCC, Magdalena Sas and Managing Director of the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program, Buffy Dege, joined KAXE producer Max Philbrook for a conversation about these events and the importance of unexpected chamber music to northern Minnesota. Click the "Listen" player above to hear the full conversation.

The Third Coast Chamber Collective (TCCC) Festival kicks off on August 12th with a performance in Deer River at the Loggy Dome. According to Sas, the performance will push against the conventions of traditional chamber music to create a different kind of chamber music event. "The opening performance is really a treat. That's going to happen in a very specific venue, in the woods, in a small cabin-like venue. And we're going to perform music that is inspired by Indian classical music."

"And we will also have no standard elements of the performance. No applause, no introduction of the pieces, people will be able to sit among the musicians so no concert halls, no rows no chairs. And we really want to see how people are going to react. And based on what we saw last year, this is really going to be something."

This type of innovation is central to the mission of the TCCC. Sas went on to say that "We don't want to perform in the hall. We want to perform in a place where people feel comfortable."

Along with the festival this summer, the TCCC is presenting opportunities for students and adult community members to take part in learning and performing chamber music. Click here for the full information about these youth and adult chamber camps.

There are five concerts as part of this year's TCCC Festival. Click here to see the full schedule of the performances, including the themes and locations of each show.

Festival Performances:

August 12th in Deer River
August 13th in Virginia
August 14th & 20th in Grand Rapids
August 21st in Bemidji

Max Philbrook (he/him) is a Producer at KAXE focused on telling the stories of the people, events, and organizations that make up the fabric of northern Minnesota. Based out of Grand Rapids, Max spends his time reading fiction at the library, seeing sports and live music, and supporting the arts and cultural events in the area. Get in touch with Max if you have a story to tell, an event to publicize, or just want to chat about life in the northland.