- Sunday | August 22, 2021
- 4:00 pm
The Charlotte Dike Trio features pianist, Charlotte Dike, bassist and multi-instrumentalist Luke Michelson and Emma Hopkins on drums. Their genre-bending performance will explore the intersections of music traditions across centuries and continents, and includes arrangements of works by Bach and Chopin, favorites from the American songbook, and more.
Charlotte draws on her unique background in formal classical training, broad stylistic cultivation, and improvisational prowess to enhance and invigorate her music. Classically trained an early age, she spent her early teenage years studying at Academy of Music Northwest and entered the University of Washington at age fourteen to attain a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance under Craig Sheppard. While earning a Masters degree in Piano Performance at the University of British Columbia, Charlotte studied under scholarship with renowned Canadian pianist Jane Coop. Today, Charlotte is a freelance musician performing with chamber music ensembles, jazz combos and big bands, cover bands, choirs, music theatre, ballet, tap dance, and sketch comedy.
Formerly from Seattle, Charlotte now lives in Helena with her family, serving as Music Director at Plymouth Congregational Church, accompanies several local choirs, and remains faculty accompanist for the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute. Learn more about this accomplished pianist at her website.
The son of a choir teacher, Luke grew up immersed in music and studied Suzuki violin at an early age. As his interest in popular music and improvisation grew, he started learning bass, and further honed his skills while studying music at the University of Montana. Today, he is part of an array of musical ventures including rock, jazz, and popular music projects.
Emma is an active drummer and percussionist in many different ensembles including the Capital High Jazz Band, Concert Band, and several small jazz combos. She’s performed with the Capital High Jazz Choir and the Helena Youth Orchestra. Her recent appearances include a performance on local television with saxophonist Wilbur Rehmann and accompanying the pit orchestra for a production of the Music Man. Her teachers include Mike Carrell, Chris Navinski, Dwayne Zehr, and Jason Callon.