Adriana Lizardi is a bass player from Puerto Rico studying music therapy at ISU. She has performed as a member of an ensemble at Walt Disney World and Carnegie Hall! Adriana will be joining us for the jazzy and eccentric “A quart of beer and a pint of insouciance” by Irish composer Brian Ingoldsby. This will be only the second time that this piece has been performed!
We are only one week away from the final concert of our inaugural season! Hope to see you all at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal this Sunday at 2pm!
Brian is a returning for his second performance with the “… and friends” crew, he performed with Aaron Gomez and Douglas Temples on our November concert. He will be performing with Aaron and Douglas again and we are so excited to have him back!
In addition to being a accomplished pianist, Brian is also a talented composer! Check out some of his compositions on the link below.
Courtney Silver is a friend of our Kelsey Klopfenstein. She has degrees from Rice University and DePaul University. A cool fact about Courtney is that she is fascinated by neuroscience! Courtney will be playing with us on the Mendelssohn Octet and Dohnanyi Serenade.
Our final concert of the 2018-19 season has been scheduled for Sunday, May 12th at 2pm and the first rehearsal is fast approaching. Yes, the 12th is Mother’s Day… and why not celebrate by taking Mom out to a concert after church or brunch?
The program is being still being finalized, but we can say that Mendelssohn’s masterwork String Octet will be on it! This brilliantly joyful piece takes a lot of man (and woman!) power so we will be joined by some guest performers. The concert is still 9 weeks out and we will be highlighting our guests on here in the next few weeks.
The “… and friends” Ensemble is excited to collaborate with fellow Bloomington-Normal resident Matthew Mancillas! Matthew will be performing Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach, written for baritone and string quartet, with us one week from today. In addition to being a talented baritone he is also a composition student in the music department of Illinois State University. Recordings of his compositions can be found on his Soundcloud.
We are well into rehearsals for our next concert - Poetic Passages - and the ensemble is excited for this performance!
More projects are in the works. Updates coming in the next few months.