Norwegian Composer to Present Concert This Thursday at MCLA


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Norwegian composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred of Oslo, Norway, will perform a concert of new music in Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium on Thursday, March 27, at 12:30 p.m.

The concert - in which Skjelbred will premiere his newest work, "ConVergEnce" for cello and banjo, as well as works by Magnar Am and Wolfgang Plagge - will be preceded by a "meet and greet" with Skjelbred from 11 a.m. to noon.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The ensemble for this event also will include MCLA guitar instructor Eric Despard on classical guitar, Jared Shapiro on the cello and Rocco Anthony Jerry on the bayan.

This event is part of Dr. Michael Dilthey's music history course "Meet the Artists." As part of the course, students discuss a variety of music genres, and then attend concerts that feature each type of music they examine.

"In the mix, students meet with the performing artists or, in this case, the composer, and ask them questions regarding their thoughts on the repertoire and style of music, their preparation short and long term, the audience, the state of music in society today, and more," Dilthey said.

So far, the class has discussed Blues and Funk with New Orleans artists who performed concerts with MCLA's Annual Blues and Funk Festival, film music with the filmmakers of a new documentary of the Colorado River shown at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and met with a drummer from Ghana.

Next, the class will look into classical music and opera.

This concert is being presented by the Norwegian Composers Fund, Norwegian Association of Composers and Music Norway.

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