Octocelli Returns With New Sounds, New Fun

Aug 28, 2018

Elizabeth Start, David Peshlakai, and Laurie Jarski of Octocelli
Credit C. Lieurance

Three of the ten cellists who will perform on the 4th annual Octocelli concert join Cara Lieurance to talk about the variety of music they'll play at 7 pm on Thursday, at the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo. Composer-cellist Elizabeth Start has four pieces on the program: her solo setting of "Simple Gifts;" a cello duo called "Multiple Choice,"  a cello quartet called "Quatrefoil," and an octet called "Seagull Blues." Composer-cellist Laurie Jarski's "Funky Blues for Four Cellos," a blend of rhythmic techniques and bluesy melodies, will also be featured, along with a setting for cello trio of the classic song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," by cellist-arranger David Peshlakai. Start, Jarski, and Peshlakai will be joined by seven other cellists to play everything from Dvorak's "Largo" to music from Pirates of the Caribbean. 

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