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McNally Smith College of Music Launched the Faculty Artist Performance Series

Harry Chalmiers

McNally Smith College of Music launched its new Faculty Artist Performance Series with a concert featuring the school’s president Harry Chalmiers, a highly accomplished guitarist, composer and singer/songwriter. Chalmiers’ performance included a classical guitar segment, an “unplugged” set and an electric set, with Chalmiers sharing vocals with guest musicians. From growing up playing rock guitar in Louisiana to performing as a soloist with symphony orchestras, Chalmiers’ many interests on guitar was reflected in a set that included original compositions and music by J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Luis Milan, John Lennon and Bob Dylan. Chalmiers was joined by McNally Smith faculty members and special guest Melissa Matthews on violin. The first McNally Smith Faculty Artist Performance Series concert, featuring Harry Chalmiers, was Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 PM at the McNally Smith Auditorium, 19 E. Exchange St. in St. Paul. Admission was free and open to the public, and the concert was followed by a wine and cheese reception.

McNally Smith’s faculty roster includes a number of elite musicians from the Twin Cities music scene, many of whom are known nationally and internationally for their work. The college plans to make the Faculty Artist Performance Series a fixture, with six or so concerts per year. For the debut concert, Chalmiers performed solo and with McNally Smith faculty members including Judi Donaghy (vocals), Lori Dokken (keyboards / vocals), Charles Fletcher (bass) and Dave Schmalenberger (drums). Special guest Melissa Matthews is an outstanding classical and improvisational violinist based in the Twin Cities.

Harry Chalmiers became President of McNally Smith in August 2007. Prior to joining McNally Smith, Mr. Chalmiers spent eight years as the Vice President for Academic Affairs / Provost at Berklee College of Music in Boston. From 1994 to 1998, Chalmiers was Executive Director of MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis. In addition to performances with symphony orchestras, Chalmiers has performed numerous solo and chamber music concerts throughout his career. He has composed piano music, orchestral music, electronic pieces and guitar music in a wide range of styles, and his compositions for classical guitar are published by Clear Note Publications.