~ Submitted by Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta
Celebrating the series’ 20th anniversary will also celebrate a return to live concerts. For everyone’s safety, the performers and speakers have voluntarily agreed to be fully vaccinated. In addition, singers will test negative before each concert. Middlesex Community College requires that audience members wear masks at all times. As always, admission is free.
Setting Kerouac, in Lowell on October 7
Setting Kerouac will open the series on Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 pm in the Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Recital Hall in Lowell.
In collaboration with the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival and the Lowell Chamber Orchestra, the performance will feature a panel discussion on Jack Kerouac’s works and how to craft musical meaning when setting his text to music. Three new compositions by MCC faculty member Aaron Rosenberg, former MCC faculty member Mark Berger, and Karl Henning, set to selected texts by Jack Kerouac, will be premiered. Performers will include members of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra with soprano Rose Hegele and MCC faculty members Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta and Aaron Rosenberg playing the piano on different selections.
To conclude the program, MCC President Phil Sisson will read a Kerouac poem while MCC faculty member Todd Brunel, bass clarinetist, will improvise a Jazz solo.
A Halloween Concert in Bedford on October 29
The first Bedford performance will take place on Friday, October 29 at 8:00 pm in the Bedford Concert Hall with a Halloween concert featuring The Black Cat by Larry Bell, a composition for cello, piano and narrator based on the poem by Edgar Allen Poe.
Additional haunting music by Gabriela Lena Frank, Edvard Grieg and Camille Saint-Saëns will be performed. MCC faculty members Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano, and Orlando Cela, flute, will be joined by Sam Ou, cello, and Larry Bell, composer/narrator.
As One, in Lowell on November 20
The ground-breaking opera As One, featuring baritone Rahzé Cheatham and mezzo-soprano Tona Brown with string quartet, portrays the challenges, joys, and fears of the trans experience. It will be performed on Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 pm in the Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Theatre, in Lowell. The string players are members of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra, with MCC faculty member Orlando Cela conducting. Music & concept: Laura Kaminsky – Libretto: Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed – Film: Kimberly Reed.
Annual Student Recital, in Bedford on December 13
The fall series will conclude with a student recital on Monday, December 13 at 12:30 pm in the Bedford Concert Hall.
For more information about the series, and for directions, please visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic/