Cellist Nick Curry to perform November 18 at Slagle Hall

Cellist Nick Curry to perform November 18 at Slagle Hall
Cellist Nick Curry of The University of South Dakota Music faculty and Rawlins Piano Trio, will be featured in the USD Symphony Orchestra's concert on Friday, Nov. 18.

The free concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Slagle Auditorium on the USD campus.

Curry, who is widely known and respected throughout the region, will play one of the most popular of all pieces, the beautiful Kol Nidre by composer Max Bruch. The work, completed in 1880, has proven to be one of the mainstays of the cello and orchestral repertories. The work's title is taken from the Jewish prayer chanted by the cantor on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. In two sections, minor then major, the work is a continual unfolding of melody rather than a following of development principles.

The orchestra will also play Edward Elgar's lovely Serenade for Strings and Georges Bizet's famous L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2.

Also on the program is a piece by Nigerian composer Samuel Akpobot, who won a scholarship which allowed him to travel to England for study in 1954.

Returning to Nigeria in 1959, Akpobot joined the music faculty of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His music is nationalistic, utilizing folk melodies set in traditional western harmony. Three Nigerian Dances is one of his most noted pieces, and was the first to be recorded. The writing is simple without being simplistic, and features call and response patterns and idiomatic rhythms of his native land.

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