Concert to perform rock and Renaissance music

Posted on: April 10, 2013

From heavily distorted Mozart to minimalist pieces, College of the Mainland’s Electric Guitar Ensemble will put its on spin on famous works at its spring concert April 25 at 8 p.m.
“We have a bunch of different styles we’re doing. With all of these we’re just doing our own thing with it,” said director John Kiefer.
The ensemble will perform a minimalist piece by composer Philip Glass as well as over-the-top Western themes from films “Bonanza” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
“We’re also doing bluegrass tunes, which is totally new for us. Bluegrass music is supposed to be acoustic, so we are breaking the rules [by using electric guitars],” said Kiefer.
The ensemble will also perform “Elizabethan rock,” a style popular with Keifer’s students.
“We’re taking music from the 16th century and applying it to 21st century instruments,” said Kiefer.
The concert will be rounded off with “A Slight Disagreement,” an original composition by Kiefer, which he calls “a musical melee.”
The free concert will be held in the Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. For more information call 409-933-8545.

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