Rangbrook Plays in the World of the Living
February 6th, 2014
Omaha, NE — Classical Music is alive and well, as two local music ensembles proved on Friday.
Friday evening, February 6th, the Rangbrook Ensemble presents a concert featuring music by living composers. Rangbrook founding member Sophia Potter says the ensemble wanted to do this for some time.
â€œPeople automatically think of playing a bunch of stuff by dead, European guys,â€ said Potter. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of great music by dead, European guys, but thatâ€™s definitely not the only stuff thatâ€™s out there. I think itâ€™s really incredible just in the last 10-20 years whatâ€™s been composed. A Quartet of our Rangbrook players performing a set of three tango pieces by a Swedish composer named Mansoor Hosseini.â€
The Rangbrook ensemble will also perform music of local composers, including several selections by UNL alumnus Jonathan Crosmer.
â€œThe thing that I love about Jonathanâ€™s music, he has this wonderful understand about how to write a melody and how to really write beautiful music.â€ Potter said.
Also performing on this concert is Ensemble 768, consisting of UNO students. This is their director, Dr. Christine Beard.
â€œEnsemble 768 is a new contemporary music group that was founded at UNO in 2012. It was actually brought about by a group of students who really wanted to form a new music ensemble.â€ said Beard.
Ensemble 768 will perform music by fellow UNO student, Leanna Keith. The work is called “Redoubt” and is named after the volcano in Alaska which erupted in 2009.
â€œThe volcano, when it erupted, emitted this horrible, screaming noise for miles around, and itâ€™s the first time any volcano has actually produced a sound audible to human ears on that level.â€ Keith said.
However, Keith says people should expect more than just a screaming volcano.
â€œIt sounds like itâ€™s going to be cacophony and horror, but actually it draws upon that, but thatâ€™s not the whole of the piece.â€ she said.
The Rangbrook Ensemble and Ensemble 768 perform music by living composers this Friday February 7 at 7:30 pm in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. More information is available at rangbrookensemble.org.
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