Instruments have Families Too! String Family: From Bach to Bluegrass

Instruments have Families Too! String Family: From Bach to Bluegrass

This program is a basic introduction of the string family in a presentation we are calling from Bach to Bluegrass. The program describes the evolution of the string quartet through musical eras, starting in the Baroque era with J.S. Bach’s Air on the G String to Mark O’Connor’s arrangement of “Fisher’s Hornpipe”. With each concert, there are specified curriculum tie-ins, including music and European and American history. The K-2 concerts will be only 40 minutes and will give less technical information while 3-5 will be 50 minutes long and will include an opportunity for students to ask questions. Both will include a song to be learned and sung at the concert (Elizabeth Cotten’s “Freight Train.”) Music performed will include works by Haydn, Beethoven, Debussy, Dvorak, Gershwin and Rhiannon Giddens. For grades 6-12, Mallarme can tailor the performance to the needs or abilities of the students. This program can be adapted in a concert as an introduction to students who are starting to learn an instrument or for those who are more advanced. There can be an in-depth discussion on the technical aspects of the instruments and career possibilities for musicians if desired.

Artist Background

The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a nationally-acclaimed, Durham-based ensemble of professional musicians who perform in mixed ensembles of two to eight players. For more than 30 years, Mallarme has used music to communicate, educate and inspire audiences. The ensemble offers concerts and educational activities for K-12 students and workshops for educators. Concerts and workshops are also available for community and social events. Planning with the classroom teacher, a study guide and an interactive presentation for each program all make for a well-rounded educational experience.

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