Violinist to perform at DSU April 18

Dickinson State University’s Campus Activities Board and Multicultural Committee invite the community to attend a special performance by artist Gaelynn Lea on April 18, at 7 p.m. in Beck Auditorium.

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her experimental and ambient takes on fiddle music, an approach that incorporates her love of traditional tunes, songwriting, poetry and sonic exploration.

Lea has been playing violin for over 20 years, developing an improvisational style all her own. She has performed alongside many notable Minnesota musicians over the years, including Alan Sparhawk, Charlie Parr and Billy McLaughlin. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.

In addition to performing, she loves to do speaking engagements about overcoming the challenges of her brittle bone disease and the joy that music brings. Lea uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.

Lea will also perform at the Dickinson Area Public Library on April 19, at 4 p.m.

These events are free and open to the public.

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