A World of Music

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FALL 2022

Lowell Chamber Orchestra 

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra, conducted by MCC faculty member Orlando Cela, will present a varied program of works from the Classical Era and today. The winner of the LCO concerto competition, Roi Karni, bassett clarinet, will perform the Clarinet Concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Paikuna Saqinku by Colombian composer Estefanía Pardo Pérez will be featured as the winner of the LCO call for new scores. Also on the program will be Symphony No. 45 by Franz Joseph Haydn and Cyprian’s Dance by Eve de Castro-Robinson.

            Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 pm
            Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Theatre, Lowell Campus

Recording of Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Roi Karni, basset clarinet

North Sea Gas

One of Scotland's most popular folk bands, North Sea Gas consists of Dave Gilfillan, Grant Simpson, and Ronnie MacDonald, who deliver descriptive vocals and rich hree-part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment. Celtic Radio – Boston writes: “The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious, and spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling and beautiful harmonies.”

              Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 pm
              Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Recital Hall, Lowell Campus

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Nosferatu

W. Murnau’s German Expressionist horror film from 1922 will be presented with music by the Dylan Jack Quartet, led by MCC music alumnus Dylan Jack, drummer. The ensemble, which also includes Eric Hofbauer, guitar; Jerry Sabatini, trumpet, and Tony Leva, bass and electronics, will play a soundtrack, both composed and improvised, full of emotional themes and spontaneous development that will enhance the creepiness of the film.

            This event is co-sponsored by the MCC Film Series
             Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 pm
             Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Theatre, Lowell Campus

A Peruvian Sojourn

MCC faculty members Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, pianist, and Orlando Cela, flutist, will perform a lecture recital devoted to Peruvian works inspired by Indigenous melodies, rhythms, and instruments. Historical and cultural background information will be presented. Piano solos by Pablo Chávez Aguilar and Enrique Iturriaga, a flute solo by Celso Garrico-Lecca, and pieces for flute and piano by Clotilde Arias, Andrés Sás, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, and Gabriela Lena Frank will be performed.

            This event is co-sponsored by the MCC Honors Program  
             Tuesday, November 8 at 11:00 am
            MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

recording of concert:

Raley Beggs, Guitarist

MCC faculty member and noted guitarist Raley Beggs will perform a program of colorful music for solo guitar by Francesco da Milano, Francisco Guerau, Isaac Albéniz, Giulio Regondi, Maurice Ravel, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

            Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 pm
            MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

recording of concert:

Student Recital
MCC student singers and instrumentalists

            Monday, December 12 at 12:30 pm              
            MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

Island of Peoples

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra will perform this dramatic multimedia oratorio, composed in 2019 by Gabriele Vanoni. Island of Peoples is based on stories of immigrants coming to the United States, and it draws inspiration and material from the stories of the Ellis Island Oral Histories. These interviews include stories of struggle, pain, and sadness, but also of joy, love, friendship, and faith.

            Saturday, December 17at 7:30 pm         
            Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Recital Hall, Lowell Campus


                 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


Selected live concerts from Spring 2022

Lowell Chamber Orchestra 

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra, conducted by MCC faculty member Orlando Cela, presented works from the Baroque Era, combined with later pieces inspired by this era. The Double Concerto for Recorder and Traverso by Georg Philipp Telemann, featuring Aldo Abreu and Orlando Cela as soloists, and the Suite from Castor et Pollux by Jean-Philippe Rameau were performed. Suite Française après Gervaise by Francois Poulenc and the world premiere of Greyed Rainbow by Dana Kaufman reflected the influence of the Baroque.


Featuring MCC Music Faculty

MCC Music faculty members Todd Brunel, clarinetist; Orlando Cela, flutist; Johnny Mok, cellist; and Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, pianist performed works for various combinations of instruments by Gabriel Fauré, Mikhail Glinka, Manuel de Falla, Guillaume Connesson and Carlos Gardel. A piano solo by Larry Bell and Jazz improvisations for bass clarinet were also featured.


Selected live concert from Fall 2021

The Black Cat

Celebrate Halloween year round 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 is featured. MCC faculty members Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, pianist, and Orlando Cela, flutist, are joined by Sam Ou, cellist, and Larry Bell, composer/narrator.


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: 12/8/22