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FSU’s Department of Music Presents Its Guitar Ensemble in “Strings Unleashed”

Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present its Guitar Ensemble, directed by Dr. Felipe Garibaldi de Almeida, in concert on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public. This event will also be livestreamed; click the “Join Stream” button on this page a few minutes before the recital is scheduled to begin, or any time during the recital, to view the live performance.

The guitar ensemble consists of Andrew Gula, Nicholas Mellen, Raymond Gibson and Samuel Dolly. They will be joined by guest artists Chassady Redhead and Leah Boggs on violins, Evelyn Shanholtz on viola and Bekah O’Rourke on cello.

The multi-genre guitar concert will include “Baiãozinho” and “Sambinha” by Celso Machado; “Spanish Romance,” an anonymous composition arranged by de Almeida; two selections by Johann Sebastian Bach – “Boureé” from “Lute Suite, BWV 996,” arranged by Jan-Olof Erikson and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from “Cantata, BWV 147,” arranged by Claudio Weizman; “Liberum Fluxus” by de Almeida; and “Don't Fear the Reaper” by Buck Dharma, arranged by Nicholas Mellen.

Machado, a Brazilian world music guitarist, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist, composed “Baiãozinho” and “Sambinha.” They are two of his “Five Modinhas Brasileiras.” The modinha, in Brazil, is a type of sentimental love song. It is generally considered part of the roots of Brazilian popular music, along with the lundu, because they were the first representative music of the people of Brazil, at the time of getting their identity as Brazilians, not the dwellers of Portuguese colony.

“Romance Anónimo” (“Anonymous Romance”) is a piece for guitar, also known as “Spanish Romance.” The style of the piece is that of the parlor music of the late 19th century in Spain or South America.

“Bourrée in E Minor” is a popular lute piece, the fifth movement from “Suite in E Minor, BWV 996” written by Bach between 1708 and 1717. The piece is arguably one of the most famous among guitarists. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” is the popular English title of the chorale from the 1723 Advent cantata, “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life), BWV 147.”

“Don’t Fear the Reaper” is a song by American rock band Blue Öyster Cult from the band's 1976 album “Agents of Fortune.” The song, written and sung by lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, deals with eternal love and the inevitability of death. Dharma wrote the song while picturing an early death for himself.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

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