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Standing Rock Cultural Arts' "Around the World" Music Series presents

~~~East: Asian and Jewish Music for Mountain Dulcimer~~~
featuring Alex Lubet, mountain dulcimer
with special guest Hovancsek, koto and percussion

7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:00 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

In this special program, Alex Lubet, a distinguished professor of music,
American studies, and Jewish studies at the University of Minnesota,
will perform new and innovative works for the mountain dulcimer by Asian
composers, as well as original music rooted in Lubet's Jewish heritage.

The program will include music by the Chinese composers Ziwei Shi,
Mingzhu Song, Chuxiang Wang, and Yan Pang, all written for and arranged
by Alex Lubet and premiered in 2017, live and on television in Chengdu,
Sichuan province. These works were recorded in China and will soon be
released on a CD.

The concert will also include pieces written for Alex Lubet by Gian
Pujakusuma (Indonesia), Soojin Lee (South Korea), and Iris Shiraishi
(Japanese-American), as well as original works by the performer. Most of
these works will be receiving their American premieres.

Kent-based musician Mike Hovancsek will join Lubet, playing Japanese
koto (13-string zither) and percussion for a collaborative finale.

About the performer:

Alex Lubet, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music and
Adjunct Professor of American Studies, joined the University of
Minnesota faculty in 1979. He is a composer, performer, and author whose
specialties include music and text for theatre, dance, and improvisation
ensembles, and works on Jewish subjects. His compositions have received
over 300 performances on six continents. A charter member of the
University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers, he is the
only School of Music faculty member, the only Twin Cities campus arts
faculty member, and the only artist to have received that honor. He has
been a visiting professor in Bolivia, Poland, and China.

Lubet has had a career-long interest in encounters between cultures.
Manifested in his early work in the use of musical and extramusical
influences from beyond the European tradition, especially the musics of
Asia, his most recent projects have been in collaboration with artists
from around the world. They include "Iris of Light," for koto ensemble;
"Alyssa in Bali," for gamelan; "And the Walls Come Tumbling Down," a
dance-drama chronicling relations between African- and Jewish-Americans;
"The Wise Men of Chelm," a klezmer musical for children; "Bosnia Blues,"
stagework (script by the composer) with Jewish and blues musicians and
live electronics; and "African Sabbath," for vocal soloists, chorus, and
jazz and African instrumentalists. He directs and performs in Blended
Cultures Orchestra, a professional multicultural improvisation ensemble.

Although principally active as a creative artist, Lubet has written for
such journals as "Ethnomusicology" and "The Annual Review of Jazz
Studies." His most recent published scholarship is "Indeterminate
Origins: A Cultural Theory of the American Experimental School," an
essay on Asian-influenced American composers, in "Perspectives on
American Music since 1950" (Garland: 1999). He has curated concerts for
the College Music Society and the American Composers Forum and has
directed the Gathering at the River world music series since its
inception in 1993.

https://apps.cla.umn.edu/directory/profiles/lubet001

 


 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

The Around The World Music Series featuring

~~~Bandura: The Soul of Ukraine~~~


A solo recital by bandurist/vocalist Oleh Mahlay

-with a showing of the documentary film "Music of Survival: The Story of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus" by Orest Sushko

8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

The 60-string bandura, a zither-like instrument with a crystalline tone, has been called “The Soul of Ukraine.” Formerly played by itinerant blind bards called kobzari, who served as the conscience of their nation, the bandura and its tradition were nearly extinguished over the past century due to rigorous Soviet oppression and the disruption of the Second World War. Bandura performer/vocalist Oleh Mahlay, a proud inheritor of this tradition who serves as the artistic director and conductor of the North American-based Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, will introduce listeners to this magical instrument and its compelling history.

As a special bonus, the evening will also include a showing of a documentary film entitled "Music of Survival: The Story of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus" (dir. Orest Sushko, 2014; 60 min.), which illustrates the bandurist as bard, as seer, as spiritual emissary for the soul of the Ukrainian people, then and now, in Ukraine and beyond. This film, which took 10 years to produce, was a labor of love for Sushko, a Hollywood re-recording mixer who has mixed seven films for director David Cronenberg, as well as films by Barry Sonnenfeld and Guillermo del Toro. It took three more years to be able to screen the documentary in Ukraine, as the filmmaker was determined to get it translated properly into Ukrainian; it was shown to wide acclaim in cities throughout Ukraine in the fall of 2017.

About the performer:

Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1969 to Ukrainian immigrants, Oleh Mahlay began to study the piano at the age of five. He studied violin, music theory and form at the Cleveland Music School Settlement where he received scholarships for his studies. Mahlay also studied piano with Dr. George Cherry of Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. His violin teachers included Elmer Seltzer of the Cleveland Orchestra and Jeannette Drinkold-Meyer, a student of renowned violinist Josef Gingold.

Beginning in his early teens, Mr. Mahlay earned outstanding marks at various competitions on both the violin and the piano. At the 1986 Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Summer Music Clinic in Berea, Ohio, he won the piano competition, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453 with orchestra. He repeated this feat the next year in which he performed Beethoven's Piano Concert No. 1 in C Major. He also played in various youth orchestra at the Baldwin Wallace Preparatory Department, and in 1987 was honored as the Outstanding Preparatory Student of the Year. That same year he was also the piano soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Parma Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the first violin section of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in its inaugural season.

Mahlay received a bachelor of arts in music history and literature from Case Western Reserve University. He studied voice and piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He served as the concertmaster of the University Circle Chamber Orchestra for four years. During his undergraduate studies, the university awarded him the Kennedy Prize for Creative Achievement in Music, and the Charles E. Clemens Prize for Talent and Accomplishment in Music. He is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary society at CIM. and CWRU. Mr. Mahlay was a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate.

In 1988, Mr. Mahlay attended the Bolzano Institute of Music in Bolzano, Italy. There, he concentrated on piano chamber works and accompanying. The previous two years he participated in a choral conducting seminar in Edmonton, Canada. This workshop was run by Maestro Wolodymyr Kolesnyk, formerly of the Kyiv Opera and artistic director of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus for over a decade.

At the age of 16, Mr. Mahlay became the choir director of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, Ohio. This position was held for many years by the late Hryhory Kytasty - Ukrainian composer, bandura player, Artistic Director of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, and musical mentor to Oleh Mahlay. This post gave Mahlay the opportunity at a very young age to explore and gain insights into the art of choral conducting and the mystical sounds of Slavic sacred music. Mr. Mahlay also has orchestral conducting experience, once serving as the assistant conductor for the Parma Symphony Orchestra.

Mahlay began his bandura studies at the age of 15. In 1988, he began his long association with the annual Kobzarska Sich Bandura Camp in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, where he has served as conductor, lecturer, and music director over the years. He became a member of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus in 1987.

Mahlay served as the ensemble's concertmaster from 1991 to 1992, became a member of the artistic council in 1992, and that same year was given the responsibilities of assistant conductor. He participated in the Chorus' two triumphant tours of Ukraine in 1991 and 1994, and had his premier as a conductor of the group in 1994.

His six recordings with the UBC, "Ukrainian Steppe," "A Bandura Christmas," "Golden Echoes of Kyiv: The Divine Liturgy," "European Tour: Historic Live Recordings," "Bayda," and "1659" have earned artistic acclaim, and feature some of the conductor's own compositions and arrangements.

Mr. Mahlay is a practicing attorney in the Cleveland, Ohio region. He continues to teach voice and bandura, lectures frequently on various musical topics, and conducts workshops throughout North America and remains active in the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus sponsored Kobzarska Sich bandura and vocal camp held in August every year.

During his first tenure with the UBC from 1996-2008, Mahlay directed the ensemble in seven concert tours throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Ukraine. Collaborative efforts with the Vesnivka Women's Choir of Toronto and Metropolitan Opera Soloist Paul Plishka also highlighted Mahlay's first term in addition to many special performances including the Stratford Summer Music Festival (2004) and at the Baldwin Wallace College World Music Series (2007).

Maestro Mahlay returned to the UBC as Artistic Director and Conductor on August 1, 2012.

Oleh Mahlay websites:
http://bandura.org/ukrainian-bandurist-chorus-conductor/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleh_Mahlay

Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus websites:
http://bandura.org/
https://www.facebook.com/ukrainianbanduristchorus/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Bandurist_Chorus

"Music of Survival" websites:
http://musicofsurvival.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Music-of-Survival-The-Story-of-the-Ukrainian-Bandurist-Chorus-101435586646240/



The North Water Street Gallery is conveniently located just a block north of the intersection of Main and Water Streets in Kent, Ohio, with free street parking on both sides of the street. Seating is limited, so arrive early for the best seats.

Established in 2015, the "Around the World" Music Series is a concert series presenting outstanding musicians from diverse cultures in an intimate setting.

Concerts are held approximately every other month in the new theater space of the North Water Street Gallery in downtown Kent, Ohio.

The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani. The series is made possible by the support of Drs. Terry E. and Sara Stone Miller and the Ohio Arts Council.

 


 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to announce the third season (2017-2018) of its "Around the World" Music Series, which will once again feature an array of outstanding performers from a wide variety of cultures. All performances take place at the North Water Street Gallery (located at 300 North Water Street, Suite H in downtown Kent, Ohio) and start at 8 p.m., preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring refreshments.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Oleh Mahlay (songs and history of the 60-string bandura, a zither-like instrument that has been called "The Soul of Ukraine")
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Samuel Salsbury (Indian classical music performed on the rich-toned sarangi, a bowed instrument with 39 strings, with tabla accompaniment)

The North Water Street Gallery is conveniently located just a block north of the intersection of Main and Water Streets in Kent, Ohio, with free street parking on both sides of the street. Seating is limited, so arrive early for the best seats.

Established in 2015, the "Around the World" Music Series is a concert series presenting outstanding musicians from diverse cultures in an intimate setting.

Concerts are held approximately every other month in the new theater space of the North Water Street Gallery in downtown Kent, Ohio.

The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are invite and welcome sponsors to help cover expenses for our art and educational activities. Donations are tax deductible.

Checks payable to:

SRCA
300 N. Water St., Suite H
Kent, OH 44240

 

 

 

 




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