Arts at Noon
Winter 2014 Series
Wednesday, January 22 Maniacal 4 Trombone Quartet
An internationally acclaimed trombone quartet, Maniacal 4 has performed on three continents, entertaining audiences with a wide range of musical styles. All graduates of the University of North Texas, this young ensemble performs its concerts almost exclusively from memory. They recently released their first CD, Carry On, which is a tribute to 1970s rock bands.
Wednesday, February 5 GVSU Brass Quintet
Grand Valley State University's own faculty ensemble presents a concert of transcriptions and original works for brass quintet, including works by Sergei Prokofiev, Malcolm Arnold, and Kevin McKee. The quintet is composed of GVSU faculty members Richard Stoelzel and Robert White, trumpets; Richard Britsch, horn; Mark Williams, trombone; and Paul Carlson, tuba.
Wednesday, February 12 Grand Rapids Symphony
The Grand Rapids Symphony presents Ernst Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 and Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. Led by Associate Conductor John Varineau, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear a free performance by this extraordinary ensemble, recognized as one of America’s finest regional orchestras.
Wednesday, February 19 Perugino String Quartet
Grand Rapids’ own Perugino String Quartet performs Aaron Copland’s Two Pieces for String Quartet and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in f minor, Op. 80. Named after Renaissance artist Pietro Perugino of Perugia, Italy (sister city of Grand Rapids), the Perugino String Quartet has been a part of the Arts at Noon series for over 16 years.
Wednesday, March 12 iAN&ANi
iAN&ANi is a Chicago-based cello and piano duo comprised of Russian cellist Ian Maksin and Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova. They have performed over 50 concerts in the United States and in Europe, and their performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio in the U.S., Bulgarian National Radio, and Russian Radio. iAN&ANi's debut album TANGO PLUS was released in October 2012.
Wednesday, March 19 Musicology Lecture
Musicology Lecture: Dr. Gillian Rodger presents "The Past Is a Foreign Country: The Unfamiliar World of Nineteenth-Century Popular Entertainment." Dr. Rodger is Associate Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her ongoing research interests cluster around popular musical theater of nineteenth-century America and working-class popular culture. She is exploring the early history of variety theater (the form that preceded vaudeville) and its connections to other musical theater forms including minstrelsy and burlesque.
Wednesday, April 2 Coalescence Percussion Duo
Coalescence is a percussion duo comprised of musicians Judy Moonert and Grand Valley State University faculty member Gregrey Secor, who have performed together for over fifteen years in a variety of musical settings, ranging from the symphony hall to contemporary mixed instrument and percussion chamber ensembles. Their performance will include works that draw inspiration from jazz, classical, rock, and world music. www.coalescencepercussionduo.com
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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