***This concert is presented in collaboration with CALL’s Noontime Series. Learn more about CALL (Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning).***
Not so Alone – Music for Cello and some virtual partners
The idea of creating musical polyphony, a fabric of multiple musical lines, for a monophonic instrument has intrigued composers for centuries. If Bach created the illusion of accompaniment with fast lines that blur the roles of foreground and background, some contemporary composers have gone ever further, adding electronic and video counterpoint to a one man work. Cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia will explore works for cello solo, some of them Not So Alone with the aid of electronics assistant Nate Bliton and whatever gear fits into their van!
Cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is Associate Professor of Cello at Grand Valley State University. Mr. Mahave-Veglia is a cellist and teacher of broad interests whose repertoire ranges from the early baroque, performed on period instruments, to his ongoing interest in researching, performing and recording the work of contemporary Latin-American composers.
Nathan Musch holds a B.A. from Calvin College and a M.M. from Western Michigan University, both in Trombone Performance. His principal teachers include Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, Professor of Trombone at Western Michigan University, and Daniel Mattson of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Nathan has also studied with Michael Mulcahy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Per Brevig of The Juilliard School. An active freelance musician, Nathan has performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and Holland Symphony Orchestra. Nathan teaches trombone and euphonium at Calvin College, as well as private students from the greater Grand Rapids area.
The Lake Effect Saxophone Quartet, formed in February 2010, represents an outgrowth of the Lake Effect Saxophone Trio. In July 2007, Bryan Bredwell, Tiffany Engle, and David Jarrell came together to form a group that would be devoted to promoting the saxophone through thoughtful performances of quality literature. Since then, Lake Effect Saxophones have been working to expand their body of literature while offering meaningful performances in the Grand Rapids area.
This performance will transport you into the imaginary world of Claude Debussy's "La boîte à joujoux" (The Toy Box). Hear the complex work performed while the story is narrated and illustrations are projected from the classic work. Will Debussy's music inspire those that live in the Toy Box to come to life? Come and see.
Founded in 2006 and featuring clarinet and various ethnic winds, the oud (an ancient Arabic lute), voice, accordion, and percussion instruments from around the world, Allos Musica explores the intersection of divergent streams of contemporary, classical, jazz, and traditional music from the Middle East and Europe. The sound created through original compositions and the ensemble's arrangements of Arabic and European folk music blends tradition and experimentation seamlessly.