Arts at Noon
Fall 2013 Series
Wednesday, September 11 Benjamin Britten: A Century of Song
Soprano Jessica Louise Coe and Grand Valley pianist Robert Byrens celebrate the 100th birthday of the British composer Benjamin Britten. With hundreds of works for virtually every instrument in his musical output, Britten is most remembered for his vocal works. A Century of Song will present pieces from Britten’s song repertoire, which provide the audience with a sense of the composer’s diverse musical language and embody the wonderful paradox of Britten’s music: a highly experimental style that pushes conventional expectations while at the same time remains easy to listen to and enjoy.
Wednesday, September 25 GVSU Chamber Players: Brahms “Clarinet Quintet”
Grand Valley faculty members Arthur Campbell (clarinet), Gregory Maytan (violin), Paul Swantek (viola), and Pablo Mahave-Veglia (cello) join with guest artist Oleg Bezuglov (violin) to present Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in b minor, Op. 115. The work was written in 1891 for the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld and is widely considered one of Brahms’ finest chamber works.
Wednesday, October 2 Mônica da Silva
Brazilian-American vocalist Mônica da Silva, accompanied by guitarist Chad Alger, presents her unique musical style which combines indie pop with touches of samba and bossa nova. Performing songs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, her music truly reflects the concept of World Music. Miami’s Acontece magazine recently called Mônica’s music “the future of Bossa Nova with the face of youth today.”
Wednesday, October 16 Dodworth Saxhorn Band
The Dodworth Saxhorn Band, America’s Premier 19th Century Brass Band, presents The Civil War Years: A Civil War Commemoration and Veteran’s Salute. Based in Ann Arbor, this 17-member ensemble brings America’s past to life through music, song, drama, poetry, dance, and theatre and highlights musical virtuosity on 150-year-old brass instruments. Enjoy classic American songs in this special historical presentation.
Wednesday, October 23 Cello Fest!
Led by GVSU Cello Professor Pablo Mahave-Veglia, Cello Fest! is an annual event that brings to campus some of the leading cello performers and teachers in the country. This year’s concert will feature seven internationally renowned guest artists: Germán Marcano, Jeremy Crosmer, Aron Zelkovicz, Anthony Arnone, Alicia Eppinga, Martine Benmann, and Melissa Kraut.
Wednesday, November 6 Akropolis Reed Quintet
Founded in 2009 and winner of five national chamber music prizes, the Akropolis Reed Quintet is a cutting edge ensemble which performs an innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision. Akropolis’ dynamic concerts feature modern compositions framed by fresh arrangements of classical music spanning four centuries. At the heart of Akropolis’ new music initiatives are over 20 commissions of composers from around the world, including the United States, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Turkey, Israel, Argentina, and Serbia.
Monday, December 2 Holiday Music for Brass Quintet
Back for the third year in a row, the GVSU Brass Quintet presents Holiday Music for Brass Quintet. Come and listen to the wondrous sound of holiday carols arranged for brass. GVSU faculty members Richard Stoelzel and Kevin Good, trumpet; Richard Britsch, horn; Mark Williams, trombone; and Paul Carlson, tuba, will brighten your holiday season with joyful music.
All Arts at Noon concerts take place in the Cook-DeWitt Center, begin at 12:00 noon, and last approximately one hour. There is no admission charge. All are open to the college community and the general public.
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