MCC Closes Out ‘World of Music’ with Noted Peruvian Cellist

Middlesex Community College will close out the Spring 2023 “A World of Music” concert series with a performance by noted Peruvian cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12 at MCC’s Concert Hall in Bedford.

Middlesex Community College will close out the Spring 2023 “A World of Music” concert series with a performance by noted Peruvian cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12 at MCC’s Concert Hall in Bedford.

“I’m thrilled to partner with esteemed artists Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta and Orlando Cela and share a sample of Latin American musical gems with the Middlesex Community College community through the “A World of Music” concert series,” Castro-Balbi said. “The selections and combination of instruments are richly varied and colorful and will be sure to surprise and delight.”

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

Works by Samuel Zyman, Edgar Valcárcel, Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri, and Gabriela Lena Frank will be featured.

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Castro-Balbi will also give a public lesson to four cellists with connections to Middlesex. Participants include MCC student James Yu, alumna Margaleet Katzenblickstein, Dual Enrollment alum Aidan Klingsberg, and alum Nathaniel Abreu. The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 at MCC’s Academic Arts Center Recital Hall. Castro-Balbi and the participants are looking forward to the event.

“This experience, while challenging and nerve-racking, will be incredibly invaluable,” Yu said. “I am looking forward to listening to his insights and, hopefully, being able to implement his advice into my day-to-day practice and diversify my perspectives on music. I am excited to play for Jesús and I am grateful for MCC to offer such an opportunity to learn from an internationally recognized cellist and educator.”

All of MCC’s “A World of Music” concerts are free and open to the public.

Previous performances of the semester included the Lowell Chamber Orchestra, Aroma Duo, Jeannette Lee and friends, Wong Pleng Khmer, and an MCC Student Recital.

MCC’s Concert Hall is located in Henderson Hall at 591 Springs Rd. in Bedford. Parking is available on-campus. 

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