UCelli is a quartet of virtuoso cellists that has appeared to enthusiastic sold-out audiences in the central ohio region. Members include Pei-An Chao, Mary Davis, Cora Kuyvenhoven, and Wendy Morton. The individual artistry and the combined chemistry of these four cellists results in an exciting, unique, and vibrant concert experience. The program will include an original piece by Mark Lomax, entitled Four Women along with Refractions by David Baker.
Four Women by Mark Lomax
2018 Wexner Center for the Arts Artist-In-Residence, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a critically acclaimed composer, recording artist, drummer, activist, and educator. A highly sought- after lecturer, Lomax specializes in the socio-political, and spiritual aspects of African- American art, music, race, and the usage of the arts to build community.These ideas are documented in his TED Talk Activating The Transformative Power Of Trust. Four women is part of Lomax’s 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12-album cycle telling the story of Black America over the 400 years between the start of the transatlantic slave trade and the present day.
Refractions by David Baker
Eminent cellist Janos Starker and David Baker were colleagues on the faculty of Indiana University. Starker commissioned a cello quartet from Baker in 1993, and Refractions is the result, a work in three movements: Crescent, Crepuscule and Convergence. Baker reworked it for cello octet and again for string orchestra. The composer states, “Like all of my large classical works, [Refractions] is romantic in nature, yet influenced by my background as an African-American and a jazz musician. Both the title and the titles of its three movements… are intended to be descriptive as well as euphonious.”
Tickets: $20 adults, $5 students & seniors