Formed in 2016, the Bel Canto Duo combines David's solo cello works for looping station with Darci's compositions, classical music standards, and arrangements of film, Broadway, and opera favorites. The evening of their meeting was preceded by a shooting star, and not just any shooting star - one of amazing duration! It was an evening that changed the course of both of their lives. The duo's vision is to grow organically through building community and giving back by creating performances that are accessible for all. In 2019, the duo started their signature Driveway Concerts as a donation-based way for people to connect and enjoy live music throughout the pandemic.
Darci Gamerl, “a musician of great sensitivity and dynamic stage presence,” is a visionary and entrepreneur, redefining the career of the modern musician. A passionate educator, she serves as artist faculty at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Creighton University and College of St. Mary. In addition to an active performing career, she continues to maintain a highly successful private studio. Ms. Gamerl presents recitals and masterclasses that focus on creative entrepreneurship, music business, performance, healing modalities in music, and the essential elements for a successful career the arts.
David Downing is a classically trained musician of extensive pedigree. His work spans a number of styles from world to folk, bluegrass and hip-hop. An active recording artist, David's work has been featured on NET's The Nature of Stories, and in several film productions. His depth of classical experience ranges from regular solo appearances to orchestral and chamber performances throughout the United States. His self-titled CD has won critical acclaim for his “ability to use space and near-silence to his advantage” and his creation of "a colorful universe.”
This program is free of cost for NMM Members!
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