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Art Museum opens classical concert series with piano performance, Walter Piehl retrospective

The North Dakota Museum of Art is kicking off its "Myra Presents" classical music concert series Sunday with the opening of a retrospective show of work by Walter Piehl, an abstract painter of Western subject matter, especially the energy and action of horses and riders in rodeos.

The concert features pianist Sarah Cahill, who will perform for five hours, beginning at 1 p.m., in what she calls a "ritual installation."

The performance, titled "The Future is Female," will include more than 40 works by women from around the world, ranging from the 15th century to present day. Because of its duration, audience members may come and go as they wish, museum Director Laurel Reuter said.

Cahill, a member of the piano faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory, has commissioned and premiered more than 60 compositions for solo piano, and curates a monthly series of new music concerts at the new Berkeley Art Museum, Reuter said.

Admission to Sunday's event is a $15 suggested donation.

Piehl is expected to attend the opening and speak briefly during a break in Cahill's performance sometime between 3 and 4 p.m., museum Deputy Director Matthew Wallace said.

Piehl, who recently retired as professor of art at Minot State University, is considered to be "one of, if not the foremost among, North Dakota's revered and beloved painters," Reuter said.

About 55 of Piehl's artworks, representing his work from 1962 to this year, will be on exhibit through Jan. 13.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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