The rich sounds of strings fills the air. These young musicians are the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts best.
Sarah Richter has been part of the group for more than a decade.
"(It) caters to a need that wasn't really being met for students that really wanted to be serious about music and go into it as a profession," said Richter.
This Saturday, she will be part of a trio that will enchant the Belbas Theater audience.
"These are string trios and quartets and a slightly larger ensemble that have been working together over the course of the summer on very challenging material," said the Pavilion's Director of the Community Learning Center, Rose Ann Hofland. "And, they're doing it at an extremely high level."
DAPA's chamber program ranges from five-year-olds to 25-year-olds.
"The beginning levels, intermediate, and then the more advanced semi-professional/professional level because it kind of inspires the younger students," said Richter.
Adds Hofland, "Our chamber program really allows for individualized attention and so the students while working in this small group are really raising to a level that they can't do necessarily in private lessons and often isn't reached in a larger orchestra either."