Visiting Ensemble Performs Latin Dance Music
The Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble will perform Latin dance music in a concert featuring selections from the group’s first album.
The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5th in the Dunning Memorial Chapel at Alma College. Admission is free and open to the public; no ticket is required.
The Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble, also known as GLAM, features Carmen Maret (flute), Tess Miller (flute), Andrew Bergeron (guitar) and Scott Harding (percussion).
“We like to think of ourselves as Michigan’s premier composer-performer collective,” says Harding, a lifelong Michigander who has a Ph.D. in composition. “Our group has a particularly great dynamic in terms of instrumentation. With two flutes and a classical guitar, there are many harmonic possibilities.”
Founded in 2007, GLAM has performed throughout Michigan. In 2008, the group performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Kansas City.
The group’s first album, “Latin Dance Project,” was released last September and consists of arrangements of existing Latin Dance music as well as newly composed works by members of GLAM in which Latin musical styles are emulated.
“About half of the concert is from the disk,” says Harding. “Other songs, like Andy’s composition ‘Full Long Night’s Moon,’ have never been performed before.”
GLAM’s performance at Alma College is part of a three-concert mini tour the ensemble is making this winter.
“Tess Miller has been a visiting instructor at Alma College since 2009, so it was a natural choice for us to perform on campus,” says Harding, her husband. “We basically go where each of our members either works or has connections. We work together to make the music accessible.”
Posted: Mon, January 31st, 2011 at 8:22AM