World of Music Concert to Honor Black History Month

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impossibility of presenting live concerts for an audience, MCC’s A World of Music Spring 2021 Concert Series will present a series of live recordings of performances from venues in Bedford and Lowell. These concerts will be released on specific dates, and links will be provided on https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic/

February 26 at 7:30 pm: In honor of Black History Month the series will open with a Celebration of Black Composers from Europe, Africa, the United States and South America. MCC faculty members Todd Brunel, clarinet/saxophone; Orlando Cela, flute; Eunghee Cho, cello; Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano and Marcus Santos, drums will present a colorful program illustrating a variety of styles from the 1700’s to the present. Works by Joseph Bologne (Le Chevalier de Saint Georges), Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, “Blind Tom” Wiggins, Bongani Ndodana-Breen and Jazz greats Geri Allen and Duke Ellington will be featured. There will also be a selection featuring Afro-Brazilian drumming with guest dancer Kaitlyn Jolly.

Friday, March 19 at 7:30 pm: The vibrant Rasa String Quartet will perform works by Aleksandra Vrebalov, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Jessie Montgomery.

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of MCC faculty member Orlando Cela, will present two concerts.

Saturday, April 3 at 7:30 pm they will feature music written for small ensembles encompassing a vast range of human emotions. Works by Witold Lutosławski, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Louis Spohr will be performed.

Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 pm: The Lowell Chamber Orchestra will present a concert for larger forces including works by Jeremy Gill, Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Bela Bartok.

Friday, May 7 at 7:30 pm: MCC’s 2021 student recital.

No registration is needed for these concerts.

Please check the website, https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic,  for the link a few days before each release date, and you can join the event directly from there. More information about each concert can also be found on this site.

Most of the concerts will be left up for a few weeks after the original performance.


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