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LAAC Presents Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Nonet and Other Works
May 8 @ 2:00 pm-3:30 pm$5 – $60
Coffee Concerts at the Lakeville Area Arts Center (LAAC) presents a recital of rarely heard masterworks by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still, featuring Coleridge-Taylor’s sumptuous Nonet, Op. 2. The Concert will be presented live and live-streamed Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 pm from the LAAC, 20195 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville MN.
Bassoonist and Trilloquy podcaster Garrett McQueen notes, “Over history there have been countless composers with the mission to celebrate their unique cultures through music. While this was certainly true for Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still, celebrating cultural commonalities was also part of the mission of these two once overlooked composers of African descent.” Also on the program: Coleridge-Taylor’s Five Negro Melodies for piano trio, Op. 59, and Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 3; and William Grant Still’s Vignettes for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano.
Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was a British composer, hailed by Sir Edward Elgar as “far and away the cleverest fellow amongst the young men.” Still (1895–1978) was a prolific, influential American composer and conductor, active in the Harlem Renaissance and Hollywood. “The Vignettes are a collection of folk tunes from the Americas arranged by Still,” says oboist Carrie Vecchione. “They are simple, sweet, charming tunes, with a lot of audience appeal.”
Performers include Rui Du, violin, Hyobi Sim, viola, Laura Sewell, cello, Rolf Erdahl, double bass, Carrie Vecchione, oboe, Jennifer Gerth, clarinet, Garrett McQueen, bassoon, Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn, Pınar Basgöze and Hanna HyunJung Kim, piano.
Tickets: $18 /$15 (ages 60+/18 & under). Streaming links $5. Call 952-985-4640 or Purchase tickets online at www.lakevilleareaartscenter.com/374/Attend-an-Event. The concert is accompanied by light snacks and complimentary Caribou Coffee.
Audrey Johnson Companies is celebrating its 56th anniversary in residential and commercial real estate in Lakeville. In honor of this occasion, they are a Season Sponsor for this 14th season of the Coffee Concerts at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.