NCP jazzes it up in western Nebraska! July 27—Cambridge • August 23—Kearney

Concerts on the Creek, July 27: It's all about the bass!

Concerts on the Creek comes to Cambridge next Saturday, and we've got something special planned. It's the farewell performance of bassist Rusty White, and the program will feature a little classical, a little jazz, a little improv, and a lot of fun!

Rusty formally joined NCP three years ago, but most of us have known him since he came to Nebraska to teach double bass at UNL in the 1970s. His command of this wonderful instrument is remarkable in every music genre, from classical to contemporary to jazz improvisation.

In 2012 Rusty picked up his pen and began composing again after a 20-year hiatus, writing a work for bass and viola which he'll perform on Saturday with Clark Potter. Clark will join Rusty again for a duo by composer and bass genius Frank Proto. As a special treat, Rusty, Ed Love (reeds) and Joe Holmquist (percussion) will improvise on a theme created by the audience. This is a great chance to hear music that has never existed before, and to be a part of making it happen!

Oboist Bob Jenkins is back, performing one of his original works—Gabriel's Oboe for wind quartet. He then joins Ed and Jeff for Jacques Ibert's delightful Cinq pieces en trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon.

The program also features a bit of classical music written by legendary jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. Bassoonist Jeff Campbell makes his annual pilgrimage from way up north in Duluth, Minn., to join flutist Becky Van de Bogart and pianist Sheri Ericksen for this trio. Last but not least, we bring back an audience favorite: Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano, with Becky and Sheri joined by Rusty on bass and Joe on percussion.

Concerts on the Creek have limited seating and are frequently sold out, so call 402.429.8227 or make your reservation online today!

Concerts on the Creek • July 27
72184 Cross Creek Road, Cambridge, Nebraska
$35 per person • Seating is limited, reservations required
Refreshments 5 pm • Light dinner 5:30 pm • Indoor concert 6:30 pm

 

NCP Live! August 23 in Kearney

Nathan Pacheco

Nathan Pacheco

featuring world-renowned tenor and Disney Artist Nathan Pacheco

NCP comes to Kearney August 23rd for a time to remember! The Players will be joined by guest artist Nathan Pacheco for a one-time performance at the World Theatre, as well as a morning appearance on NET Radio's Friday Live! broadcast from the Merryman Performing Arts Center. This show marks the return of Friday Live! after a two-month summer hiatus, and admission to attend the broadcast is free.

Nathan Pacheco is a classically-trained tenor whose musical style has roots in both Italian opera and Brazilian cultural music. A producer introduced him to well-known singer Yanni, and Nathan began putting lyrics and additional music to some of Yanni's most famous works. After touring and recording with Yanni, Nathan gained national attention as the featured performer in two PBS television specials. He has also twice performed on the national broadcast of Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Nathan is signed to the Disney Pearl Series label and recorded his debut album with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Check out this short preview of Nathan Pacheco's incredible voice and talent. (At the end, click on the thumbnails to hear more of his performances.)

Tickets for the 7:00 pm performance at the World Theatre are $30 plus handling. Doors will open at 6:00 with light hors d'oeuvres (included in the ticket price) and a cash bar. Following the concert is a dessert reception where you'll have the opportunity to meet Nathan Pacheco and the Nebraska Chamber Players.

Tickets are available online only at nathanpacheco.eventbrite.com. If you prefer not to order online, please call us at 402.429.8227. This concert is made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Enjoy the day in Kearney!

Start your day by attending Friday Live! at the Merryman, and then spend the rest of the day discovering the cultural attractions Kearney has to offer. The Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) will have several remarkable exhibits, including the art of Eulabee Dix, historic photographs of the Lincoln Highway, and photography by Peter Brown with prose by author Kent Haruf (Eventide, Plainsong, and recent best-seller Benediction).

If you've never visited the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument (the "Arch"), now's your chance to see this widely-acclaimed museum. Next door to the Arch is the Nebraska Firefighters Museum, and nearby is the Fort Kearny State Historical Park. For more ideas, visit the Kearney Visitors Bureau website.

For Lincoln-area visitors, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) has an excursion planned which will include a guided tour of the MONA exhibits, plus a visit to the historic Frank House on the UNK campus and dinner at the Alley Rose restaurant. A chartered motorcoach will leave Lincoln at 10:00 am and arrive in time for a noon luncheon at MONA. The $130 ticket price includes all admissions, lunch and dinner, and tickets to the Nebraska Chamber Players event at the World Theatre. Reservations are due August 9; download a PDF reservation form or call 402-486-0900 for information.

nebraskachamberplayers.org • 402.429.8227

 

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