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Kontras! Music of Contrasts

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The Elmhurst College World Music Festival is now a series. Musicians and dancers from a wide range of cultures and styles will be on campus throughout the 2013–2014 academic year.

This year’s theme is Kontras! Music of Contrasts. Nations represented include Russia (cellist, Ian Maksin), Japan and Korea (flutist, Jennie Oh Brown), Mexico (Mariachi Real de Jalisco),  Spain and Latin America (Duo Tandem guitars, Elmhurst College Guitar Ensemble), Brazil (percussionist, Geraldo de Oliveira) and concluding with the Kontras String Quartet, representing the music of Japan, Russia, South Africa and the United States. The Elmhurst Philharmonic Orchestra and the Elmhurst College Dancers will perform in the main concert.


Duo Tandem Guitar Concert
Latin America, Spain

From the San Francisco Bay area to the Midwest and even on Cypriot National Television, Duo Tandem performances have been lauded as “magical” and praised for their “beautiful articulations, rhythm, and timing.” Duo Tandem was formed while Mark Anderson and Necati Emirzande studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Marc Teicholz. Originally brought together by a shared passion for the music of Astor Piazzolla, their repertoire has since expanded to include music by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Gottlieb and Ferris, as well as arrangements of Gnattali, Chopin and Le Six. Influenced greatly by the Assad Brothers Duo, they have had the pleasure of working with both Sergio and Odair Assad on some of Sergio’s own arrangements. Now, playing together for just over one year, the duo has already completed their first tour.

Friday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.
Buik Recital Hall
Admission $15


Hindustani Classical Music Performance/Workshop
with guest artist Dr. Pt. Havaldar

Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
Buik Recital Hall


Philharmonic Orchestra Main Concert
with Jennie Oh Brown, Ian Maksin, Mariachi Real de Jalisco, and the Elmhurst College Dancers

Argentina, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia

The Elmhurst Philharmonic and Elmhurst College Dancers bring to the stage three world-class artists to blend their talents in this exciting concert. Mariachi Real de Jalisco will begin the concert with a festive atmosphere, performing great Mexican classics both alone and with full orchestra accompaniment. Cellist and composer Ian Maksin will perform a world premiere solo composition featuring folk music from Russia, as well as Liadov's 8 Russian Folk Songs with the Elmhurst Philharmonic. World-class flutist Jennie Oh Brown, whose artistry and versatility span a broad range of styles, will present a solo composition of music native to Japan, and will solo with the orchestra in Robert Smith’s depiction of the invasion of Inchon Beach during the Korean War. This eclectic concert will conclude with an all-time favorite, inspired by the music of Argentina—Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson, featuring the Elmhurst College Dancers.

Saturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Chapel
Admission $12–20


Guitar Ensemble Concert
with guest artist, soprano Susan Dennis
Latin America, Spain

The Elmhurst College Guitar Ensemble, led by director Steve Suvada, will perform exciting music of Spain and Latin America. The group will feature soprano Susan Dennis, music/artistic director of Elgin Opera and performer in Love and Fairy Tales, A Taste of Italy and L’Elisir d’Amore with the Elgin company. Lawrence Johnson, writing in the Chicago Tribune, noted that “Dennis was delightful from the get go, her high-soprano singing and charming stage presence is hard to resist.”

Friday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.
Buik Recital Hall
Admission $5


Percussion Ensemble Brazilian Workshop/Concert with Geraldo de Oliveira

Geraldo de Oliveira started playing percussion professionally at the age of fourteen in his hometown Belo Horizonte, Brazil. After moving to the United States in 1975, he continued to develop his skills as a musician and an educator, performing, recording and studying at the American Conservatory of Music, in Chicago, under Mr. James Dutton. Geraldo has been privileged to work with all major bandleaders in Chicago and is presently the percussionist for the Lake Side Singers and Andy Tecson’s musical productions The Jazz Passion and Bending Towards the Light. Geraldo performs regularly in the Chicago area with different groups including Trio Copacabana, Paulinho Garcia and Planeta Azul. The Elmhurst Percussion Ensemble, led by director Bob Rummage, is honored to perform with Geraldo in this concert/workshop.

Friday, Nov. 22
Workshop, 7:00 p.m.

Concert, 8:00 p.m.
Hammerschmidt Chapel
Admission $10


Kontras String Quartet Concert
Japan, Russia, South Africa, United States

Lauded as a “tightly crafted and beautiful instrument,” the Kontras String Quartet is rapidly becoming one of the most vibrant young string quartets on the scene. Kontras began its professional touring career in 2009 and has been garnering acclaim ever since. The quartet is all the more unique in that its members—violinists Dmitri Pogorelov and Francois Henkins, violist Ai Ishida and cellist Jean Hatmaker—hail from four different parts of the world.

Kontras, which means “contrasts” in violinist Francois Henkins’ native Afrikaans language, debuted in Chicago after the four musicians met while performing in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. The quartet’s members hold graduate degrees in performance from DePaul University, Indiana University, the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Saturday March 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Buik Recital Hall
Admission $15

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