A World of Music

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Winter/Spring 2024


Lowell Chamber Orchestra 

 The Lowell Chamber Orchestra, conducted by MCC faculty member Orlando Cela, will perform a variety of colorful works. Autumn Vistas by Martin Max Schreiner; Concerto for Marimba and Strings by Emmanuel Séjourné; Symphony for Violas and Basses by Julia Perry; and Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta by Béla Bartók will be performed. Nikki Huang will be the soloist for the marimba concerto as the winner of the 2023 LCO Concerto Competition.

          Sunday, February 18 at 3:00 pm
          Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Theatre, Lowell Campus


A Chopin Celebration

Noted pianist Paul-André Bempéchat will perform an all-Chopin recital. Nocturnes in B Major and D flat Major, Ballade in A flat Major, and the Sonata in B Minor will be featured.

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

Recording of Sonata in B Minor, Opus 58 by Chopin

Duos and Trios for Oboe, Flute, and Piano

John Ferrillo, Principal Oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Elizabeth Klein, Associate Principal Flute of the BSO, will join Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano, for a program of works for oboe/piano, flute/piano, and flute/oboe/piano by Benjamin Britten, Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles-Marie Widor, and Madeleine Dring. A short piano solo by Larry Bell will also be featured.

          Friday, April 5 at 8:00 pm    
          MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

Student Recital

MCC student singers and instrumentalists, along with works by music technology students.

          Monday, April 22 at 12:30 pm            
          MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

Lowell Chamber Orchestra 

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem with The Boston Cecilia chorus and soloists.

          Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm
          Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Theatre, Lowell Campus

Duo du Sud

Guitarists Raley Beggs (MCC faculty member) and Carl Straussner will present an eclectic concert featuring western classical music and works by South African composers inspired by traditional African music. Duo du Sud seeks to revitalize and expand the guitar repertoire, performing concerts that are equal parts virtuosic and vibrant. Works by Robert Johnson, Johannes Kapsberger, Ali Farka Touré, and David Hewitt will be performed.

          Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 pm
          MCC Concert Hall, Bedford 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.edu

For directions:
MCC Concert Hall in Bedford

Academic Arts Center in Lowell


MCC Music Faculty At-Home and MCC Musical Connections performances


Selected Performances from Fall 2023

Online Saturday Arts Concert featuring MCC Faculty and Alumnus

In a collaboration with Dracut Arts, MCC faculty members Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, pianist; Orlando Cela, flutist, and Raley Beggs, guitarist, with MCC alumnus Nathaniel Abreu, cellist, performed a colorful program of music from Europe, the United States, Latin America, and South Africa.

Literature through Music

MCC faculty members Daniel Fridley, singer; Orlando Cela, flutist; Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, pianist; Raley Beggs, guitarist; Todd Brunel, clarinetist/bass clarinetist, and Karen Oster, narrator, presented a lecture/concert featuring musical works inspired by literature from many countries. English faculty member Tom Laughlin read his poem Jazz while Todd Brunel improvised. This event formed part of the 2023 Lowell City of Learning Festival.

Lowell Chamber Orchestra 

The Hollow Men by Vincent Persichetti

Selected Live Performances from Spring 2023

Lowell Chamber Orchestra

Pasquale Tassone's Rhapsody for Flute and Strings performed by Orlando Cela

 Aroma Duo   

MCC faculty member Johnny Mok, cellist, and pianist Tianhong Yang performed a varied program of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Franz Liszt, and new works by Turkish composer Fazil Say, and Afghan composer Arson Fahim.

Latin American Music Featuring the Cello 

Noted Peruvian cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi joined MCC faculty members Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, pianist, and Orlando Cela, flutist, for a colorful program of music from Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil, as well as a piece by a Peruvian-American.

Heitor Villa-Lobos: O Canto do Cysne Negro (Song of the Black Swan) for cello and piano

Gabriela Lena Frank: Hombre-Pájaro de Parácas for flute and cello

Camargo Guarnieri: Ponteio e Dansa for cello and piano


Selected live concerts from Fall 2022

Lowell Chamber Orchestra

The winner of the LCO concerto competition, Roi Karni, bassett clarinet, performed the Clarinet Concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


Raley Beggs, Guitarist

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


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: 5/20/24