WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL DAKOTA MUSIC TOUR BLOG!
The Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Maza Kute Singers (Dakota) and Composer Brent Michael Davids toured together with other world-renown performers for 4 concerts! This is the official Dakota Music Tour blog!
WHAT IS THE DAKOTA MUSIC TOUR?
Maestro Ken Freed conducts Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Maza Kute Singers (Santee Dakota), Trumpeter Manny Laureano (Minnesota Orchestra), M. Cochise Anderson (Chickasaw/Choctaw) and Award-Winning Composer Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge Mohican) on tour through Dakota country with 4 concerts merging American Indian and Western classical music. The DMT documentary is being filmed by Syd Beane (Flandreau Santee Dakota). The DMT radio broadcasts are being recorded by James E Gullickson. The DMT publicist is Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe) of Liz Hill Public Relations, Ltd. The DMT evaluator is Dr. Patricia Shifferd. DMT is supported by “Arts Tour Minnesota" and the voter-approved “Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment” of the Minnesota State Constitution.
DMT Conductor — Kenneth Freed is Music Director of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra in Mankato, Minnesota. He is also a violist with the Minnesota Orchestra and President of Learning Through Music Consulting Group.
Ken’s performing career has included five years as violinist in the Manhattan String Quartet, recording and touring internationally. He was also regular substitute player in the viola section of the New York Philharmonic before winning a viola chair with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1998.
In 2006, Freed was chosen by Music Director Osmo Vanska to be an Assistant Conductor to the Minnesota Orchestra. He has guest conducted the Duluth and Fargo-Morehead Symphonies, and has been conductor at Greenwood Music Camp for more than decade.
Freed co-founded the Learning Through Music Consulting Group (LTMCG), a non-profit organization in Minneapolis that brings ‘learning through music” residencies and professional development programs into schools. After attending Juilliard Prep Division, Freed received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Yale College as well as a Master of Music Performance from the Yale School of Music.