Cello Choir to perform the music of Brazil

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Cello Choir presents the first suite of "Bachianas Brasileiras" by Heitor Villa-Lobos at its fall concert at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Esber Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Composed for "an orchestra of cellos," the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos wrote a total of nine suites of the same name, written for various combinations of instruments and voices, between 1930 and 1945. Musically, they represent a fusion between Brazilian folk music and the compositional styles used by German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Each movement in the suite has two titles: one reminiscent of Bach, and the other Brazilian. The Cello Choir is conducted by faculty member Kim Cook.


"Bachianas Brasileiras," No. 1 -- Heitor Villa Lobos

-- Introduction - Embolada

-- Preludio - Modinha

The Penn State Cello Choir was founded in 1992 by cello professor Kim Cook. The ensemble has included students from Taiwan, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Israel, Germany, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Georgia, Texas and California. It has performed for the annual Penn State Mosaic concerts, Bach's Lunch concert series and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Convention. Recently, the 22-member cello choir returned as guest performers at the PMEA Conference in Hershey. The ensemble performs a variety of music, including arrangements of works by major composers from Gabrieli to Joplin, original compositions by Villa-Lobos and works by commissioned contemporary composers. The Cello Choir has sponsored two Penn State Cello Festivals since 2000. The cello choir includes cello majors as well as non-major cellists from the Penn State community. Lockers are provided for students who are active in ensembles.

Last Updated November 08, 2013