Some music is like a maze; it presents the listeners and performers with deceptive turns and blind alleys. Some music requires logical assembly, like a puzzle or a set of Legos. Some music is more like the calm, unobstructed path to the center and back of a labyrinth. Whether or not you are feeling like a rat in a maze or a hamster on a wheel, you will enjoy following the pied pipers in the Magellan Quartet!
Did you know that the Irish Potato Famine had a direct influence on American Bluegrass Music? How was the Emancipation Proclamation a vital catalyst in the development of rock and roll? The Magellan Quartet is your guide in the discovery of surprising connections in musical and cultural history.
Death, Destruction and Liberation in Music from WWII
The horrors of war, the anguish of survivors, the hope of peace. The Quartet provides an opportunity to reflect upon and salute the sacrifices and visions of our heroes and heroines.
Musical Treasures from the Americas: Part I
The Magellan Quartet are your hosts at a buffet of North American music that includes Stephen Foster songs, early American hymns, Spirituals, Native American melodies, Mexican-Czech dance music, Sousa Marches, Ragtime, Klezmer, and The Blues.
Musical Treasures from the Americas: Part II
The Magellan Quartet will take you on a journey around South America, through the Isthmus of Panama and up the North American coast. At the end of the trip, you will receive a great recipe for Salsa Music by hearing how immigrants to New York City blended traditional music from Central America, the Caribbean, and South America with North American Jazz and Rock.
Dance Around the World
The Argentinean Tango, The Hungarian Czardas, the Irish Jig, the European Waltz – folk dances distinguish and preserve cultures. Join the Magellan Quartet by clapping or toe-tapping along with familiar and foreign rhythms in this festive celebration of many world cultures.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed (Theme and Variation in works from Pachelbel to Paart)
What do composers Pachelbel, Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Gershwin, and Paart have in common with the Chartres Cathedral, a protractor, the Dalai Lama, Rainer Maria Rilke, T.S. Eliot, and the classic 64 box of Crayola Crayons? This lecture-recital features music from four centuries, all composed in theme and variation form. Commentary includes references to geometry and mathematics, in addition to observations from famous writers, composers, cultural leaders, and architects. (This program is also available in the Magellan Journeys longer program length).