Big Rapids Tuba Bach Presents Classical Music Weekend

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BIG RAPIDS — Tuba Bach welcomes percussionist Noah Mallett to Big Rapids for concerts this weekend. Noah and his father — Ed Mallett of Tuba Bach — will present an international program of classical music arranged by Noah for marimba and euphonium.

The marimba and euphonium are newcomers to the concert scene, and as such must “borrow” from the literature of other instruments if they wish to play the music of the great composers of the past. Each of the two will take on a variety of roles throughout the program, starting with a piece by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, originally for piano and cello, with the marimba playing the piano part and the euphonium the cello part. .

Next is a sonata by JS Bach, with Noah playing what was originally written for the harpsichord and Ed playing the part of a viola da gamba. This will be followed by a piece for solo piano (marimba) by Beethoven, then the Vocalise Sonata by Russian composer Nikolai Medtner, originally composed for piano and voice.

The program will end with Histoire du Tango by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, originally for guitar and flute, with Noah taking on the role of guitar and Ed the flute.

The concerts will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, October 2 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. in Big Rapids. Sunday’s concert will also be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook, as well as broadcast live on local radio station Sunny 97.3.

The 2022 Tuba Bach Festival continues with concerts every weekend until October 16. All concerts are open to everyone and presented without admission fees. For more information about Tuba Bach, visit www.tubabach.org.

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