CMU faculty music to feature Brahms, South African culture

Colorado Mesa University’s Recital Hall will be the site for two faculty concerts, one featuring Brahms and the other inspired by South African culture.

■ The university string faculty will present a program of all Brahms music in a concert to benefit music scholarships for university students.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the Recital Hall of the university’s Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St.

Pianist Andrea Arese Elias, violinist Carlos Elias and cellist Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun will perform the “Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor” followed by the “Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3, in D minor.” For the concert’s second half, Las Americas Piano Trio (Arese ELias and Elias) will welcome Yeon-Ji Yun as its new member and will perform “Piano Trio in B major.”

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and can be purchased at the box office by calling 248-1604.

■ “Music for South Africa and Beyond” will be performed by university percussion faculty member Darin Kamstra at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the Recital Hall of the Moss Performing Arts Center.

Saxophonist Stephen Page will join Kamstra for a piece Kamstra commissioned David Jones to write in 2003.

“The title of the first movement, ‘Amandla,’ literally means ‘power’ and was used by the African National Congress in its fight against Apartheid,” according to a news release from the university.

Other selections are three movements from Elliott Carter’s “Eight Pieces for Four Timpani,” “Time for Marimba” by Minoru Miki, and “3 Pièces pour caisse caire” by Stephan Fougeroux.

Kamstra also will perform a solo vibraphone rendition of “Birk’s Works” by Dizzy Gillespie, the release said.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

Call 248-1604 for information.


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