Middlesex Community College will hold a special summer “A World of Music” performance with an outdoor concert by the Rasa Strings Quartet. The concert will take place on the Lowell campus behind the Middlesex Cowan Center at noon on Thursday, June 24. The rain date for the will be at noon on Friday, June 25.
Since the Spring of 2020, MCC’s Music department has held a number of online concert recordings featuring local artists – including the Rasa Strings Quartet and Lowell Chamber Orchestra – and Middlesex faculty and student performances. This summer’s outdoor concert will be the first held in-person since before the start of the pandemic.
“After so many months without live concerts, we are delighted to be able to offer the MCC community an outdoor concert performed by the wonderful Rasa Strings Quartet,” said Carmen Rodriguez-Peralta, MCC’s Chair of Music. “They will present a varied program which features diverse musical voices, both from long ago and today.”
Since winning first prize in the Chamber Music Yellow Springs 35th Annual Competition, Rasa Strings Quartet quickly emerged as one of New England’s finest young ensembles. The quartet consists of violinists Kiyoshi Hayashi and Maura Shawn Scanlin, violist Brianna Fischler, and cellist – and MCC faculty member – Eunghee Cho.
“Feeding off the energy of a live audience is an aspect of the performance experience that we have taken for granted in the past,” Cho said. “We are incredibly excited and feel privileged to have the opportunity once again to share our passion for and joy of music-making in-person for a live audience that can enhance the power and communicative potential of our musical voice.”
The performance includes a colorful and varied program of Folksongs in Counterpoint by Florence Price, Romance by Amy Beach, Taiwanese Folk Songs by Wei-Chieh Lin, Estampas Mexicanas by José Elizondo, String Quartet No. 6 in F minor and I. Allegro vivace assai by Felix Mendelssohn, and traditional Danish folk music Sekstur from Vendsyssel/Peat Dance.
The concert is free and open to the public. Due to space constraints, the audience number will be limited. Contact Rodriguez-Peralta at [email protected] or call 781-280-3923 to register to attend the event. Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic/ to watch previously recorded “A World of Music” performances.
MCC’s Summer and Fall 2021 semesters are offering a variety of flexible course options. Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ or call 1-800-818-3434 to register.
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