A World of Music

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Lowell Chamber Orchestra 

The Lowell Chamber Orchestra, with guest conductor Geneviève Leclair, will present a concert inspired by imaginary places and tales. Works by Charles Ives, Carl Nielsen, Georges Hüe, Igor Stravinsky, and the world premiere of Pasquale Tassone’s Rhapsody for Flute and Strings, with Orlando Cela as soloist, will be performed.

          Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 pm 
          Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Theatre, Lowell Campus

 Recording of Tassone's Rhapsody for Flute and Strings

Aroma Duo   

MCC faculty member Johnny Mok, cellist, and pianist Tianhong Yang will perform 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.

          Friday, April 14 at 8:00 pm
          MCC Concert Hall, Bedford

    Please note this concert has been rescheduled from the
        original date and location of March 10 in Lowell.

Recording of concert:

Jeannette Lee, Mezzo Soprano, and Friends

MCC’s newest faculty member, Jeannette Lee, will sing works by Johann Sebastian Bach which evoke a variety of emotions and feelings. Arias from his Saint Matthew Passion and various cantatas will be featured. She will be joined by Matthew Lee, McKena Stickney, Chen-Yu Lee (Flutes), Tyla Axelrod (Cello), Xiangyi Chen (Piano), and Janet Ross (Soprano).

            Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 pm      
            MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

Recording of concert:

Wong Pleng Khmer

Led by Cambodian music master Sovann Khon, who plays the Tro Sau (a bowed string instrument), this ensemble will perform a variety of Cambodian traditional music. Wong Pleng Khmer also includes Takhe, (a 3 stringed instrument); Khim (a stringed instrument similar to a hammered dulcimer); Skor Daey (made of wood and python); Chhing (a bell-like instrument); and Roneat Ek (a percussion instrument similar to a xylophone.)

            Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 am 
             Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Recital Hall, Lowell Campus
             Co-sponsored by MCC Interdisciplinary Weekend: Arts and Culture of Cambodia

Student Recital

MCC student singers and instrumentalists will perform, and a few electronic works by Music Technology students will be featured.

            Monday, May 8 at 12:30 pm 
            MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

Recording of concert:

Latin American Music Featuring the Cello 

Noted Peruvian cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi will join 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. Works by Samuel Zyman, Edgar Valcárcel, Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri, and Gabriela Lena Frank will be featured.

            Friday, May 12 at 8:00 pm
            MCC Concert Hall, Bedford Campus

Cello Master Class

Jesús Castro-Balbi will give a public lesson to four cellists who have connections to MCC.
     James Yu, class of 2023
     Margaleet Katzenblickstein, class of 2022
     Aidan Klingsberg, dual enrollment student in 2020-21
     Nathaniel Abreu, class of 2020

            Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 am
            Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Recital Hall, Lowell Campus
   Both events are co-sponsored by the MCC Foundation

                 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 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: 5/23/23