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Catawba College Tuesday Music 515 presents “Celtic Celli” October 11

September 30, 2005

Category: Events, Music, Students


Chefs Choice The public is invited to attend the second in Catawba College’s Tuesday Music 515 performances for this fall, at 5:15 p.m.   October 11, 2005, in the Omwake Dearborn Chapel on campus.   An unusual program, which could also be called “Lord of the Dance on Cellos and Guitar,” will be featured.

The idea for the program originated when cellist Scott Walker of Greensboro arranged some Irish Fiddle music for his students at a private school where he teaches.   When he wanted to hear the songs played by professional cellists before he introduced them to his students, he called his former cello teacher, Don Tracy.   Don and wife Gretchen agreed to read through the arrangements with Scott, and they added Greg Pannell on guitar.   When they got together for an evening of music making, they quickly decided that this was a charming and delightful new approach to Celtic folk music.   After a performance for a small audience, which included Greg’s wife RoseAnn they decided it was too much fun NOT to share with the public.   The result is a short recital of wonderful Irish fiddle music performed on three cellos, guitar, and some fiddle.   Featured performers are Gretchen and Don Tracy, cello; Scott Walker, cello; and Greg Pannell, guitar and fiddle.

Other Music 515 performances scheduled this year include a program by the Catawba Handbell Ensemble on November 8 called “Tintinnabulation,” and spring performances of the Tuesday Music 515 Series slated February 14, March 14, and April 11, 2006.   Since 2006 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and all the spring 2006 Tuesday Music 515’s will feature music by Mozart and his contemporaries.

The Tuesday Music 515 Series is sponsored by the Catawba Music Department, with Rosemary Kinard serving as program coordinator.   It is a Concert Series spotlighting area musicians in brief programs on the second Tuesday of the month, beginning at 5:15 p.m. and lasting for approximately 30 minutes.  

Mark your calendars for all the programs in the 2005-2006 series.   All performances are free and open to the public.