A World of Music

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 FALL 2021

We are very excited to return to live concerts this fall season!

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.

Setting Kerouac

In collaboration with the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival and the Lowell Chamber Orchestra, this event 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, President Phil Sisson will read a Kerouac poem while MCC faculty member Todd Brunel, bass clarinetist, will improvise a Jazz solo.

           Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 pm

           Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Recital Hall, Lowell

The Black Cat

Celebrate Halloween early by experiencing The Black Cat  by Larry Bell for cello, piano and narrator, based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Additional haunting music by Gabriela Lena Frank, Edvard Grieg and Camille Saint-Saëns will be featured. MCC faculty members Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, pianist, and Orlando Cela, flutist, will be joined by Sam Ou, cellist, and Larry Bell, composer/narrator.

            Friday, October 29 at 8:00 pm

            Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

Video of live performance:

Opera: As One

This ground-breaking opera, featuring baritone Rahzé Cheatham and mezzo-soprano Tona Brown with string quartet, portrays the challenges, joys, and fears of the trans experience. 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

            Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 pm

           Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Theatre, Lowell


Student Recital

MCC student singers and instrumentalists

           Monday, December 13 at 12:30 pm

          Concert Hall, Bedford Campus and additional performances online


                                                           All concerts are free and open to the public

For more information, contact Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, Director of A World of Music,
at 781-280-3923 or peraltac@middlesex.mass.edu

For directions:
MCC Concert Hall in Bedford

Academic Arts Center in Lowell


MCC Music Faculty At-Home and MCC Musical Connections performances


Live Concert from Summer 2021

Rasa String Quartet performing a colorful and varied program by Florence Price, Amy Beach, Wei-Chieh Lin, José Elizondo, Felix Mendelssohn and some traditional Danish folk music.


Selected live recording performances from Spring 2021

Celebrating Black Composers from Europe, Africa, 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 presented 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 were featured. There was also a selection featuring Afro-Brazilian drumming with guest dancer Kaitlyn Jolly.        


Lowell Chamber Orchestra: Miniature Universes

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra, conducted by MCC faculty member Orlando Cela, performed Dance Preludes (third version) by Witold Lutosławski; Sinfonietta, Op. 1 by Benjamin Britten, and Symphony No. 5 by Franz Schubert.


Selected live recording performances from Fall 2020

Piano Recital of Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta
Works by J.S. Bach, Larry Bell, Beethoven, Debussy and Ginastera
Recorded by Bedford TV



Lowell Chamber Orchestra: Hidden Landscapes

The LCO, conducted by Orlando Cela, performed works by Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Evan Williams and Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland.


Last Modified: 11/28/21