Cello Choir collaborates with Penn State Ballroom Dance Club for 'Let's Tango!'

November 07, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Cello Choir will perform its annual fall concert at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in Esber Recital Hall during the School of Music's Common Hour. The performance features guest Argentine tango dancers from the Penn State Ballroom Dance Club, performing to Piazzolla's "Oblivion" and "Mellow Cello Tango" by Michael Kibbe. The Cello Choir is organized and conducted by Penn State cello professor Kim Cook. Admission is free.


Mellow Cello Tango — Michael Kibbe

California Mabommay* — Bill Alves  

Oblivion — Astor Piazzolla

The Penn State Cello Choir was founded in 1992 by Penn State cello professor Kim Cook. The members of the Penn State Cello Choir have included students from Croatia, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, China, Taiwan, Guam, and the states of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, and California. The ensemble has performed for the annual Penn State Mosaic Concerts, the Eisenhower Chapel Bach's Lunch Series and for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Convention in Harrisburg. The ensemble performs a variety of music, including arrangements of works by major composers from Gabrielli to Joplin, original compositions by Villa-Lobos, and works by commissioned contemporary composers. The Cello Choir has sponsored two Penn State Cello Festivals.

*Note by the composer, Bill Alves: "The mabommay is a dance of exhilaration of the Akan people of Ghana, Africa. During the fall of 1992, I was able to study the drumming of Ghana with master drummer Kobla Ludzekpo in Los Angeles. One of the aspects of this music that impressed me the most is the casual complexities that emerge from the lively polyrhythms of this style. While the rhythms in this piece don't even approach such complications, they should retain the same relaxed style that has become associated as much with California as West Africa. This piece was originally commissioned by Rick Mooney of the National Cello Institute and is dedicated to laid-back cellists everywhere."

Last Updated November 09, 2016