BoCoCelli, a cello octet of graduate students at Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music led by Rhonda Rider, and students and friends of Nikki Patton’s Chappaquoit Cello Studio in West Falmouth, will premiere a new work by Brazilian composer Dimitri Cervo Saturday, November 16, at 7 PM at Woods Hole Community Hall.
An award-winning composer, pianist and conductor, Mr. Cervo has dedicated “Paisagens Brasileiras” (“Brazilian Landscapes”) to Ms. Rider, Ms. Patton, and their students. Mr. Cervo’s works, which include “Toro-Lobiana,” “Canauê,” “Pattapiana” and “Abertura Brasil 2012,” have been widely performed in Brazil and around the world. He has released two CDs and his works are included on many CDs by other artists. He is currently an associate professor at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.
“Brazilian Landscapes” combines lyrical pastoral melodies and the lively clave rhythmic patterns of Afro-Brazilian music.
BoCoCelli and 19 of Ms. Patton’s students and alumni will perform “Brazilian Landscapes.” Eight other students, some as young as 5 years old, will join them for a 36-cello performance of early Suzuki pieces.
Also on the program are works by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, Finnish composer Kiaja Saariaho, Australian composer Kate Moore, and another work by Dimitri Cervo.
This concert marks the 16th anniversary of the collaboration between Ms. Rider and Ms. Patton. “This has been a joy for me,” Ms. Patton said. “Rhonda and her students bring such inspiration to me and my students. There is nothing more beautiful than the sound of a cello, except two, three, or 36 cellos.”
Rhonda Rider is professor of cello and coordinator of chamber music at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She was a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Lydian String Quartet and is a current member of the Triple Helix Piano Trio. Her chamber music and solo recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards and cited as critics’ choice in both the New York Times and the Boston Globe.
BoCoCelli members are Núria Comorera Nosàs, Gramm Drennen, Fenwick, Zachary Foster, Linda Hwang, Nicholas Johnson, Nathaniel Taylor, and Ms. Rider. Javier Caballero, a former member of the group, will join BoCoCelli for this performance.
Nikki Patton is director and head teacher of the Chappaquoit Cello Studio. She studied with Alexander Bellow, Judith Smith, Karen Buranskas, Fritz Magg, Luis Garcia-Renart, Nancy Hair, Rhonda Rider, Zuill Bailey, and Baroque cellist Phoebe Carrai. She has been teaching cello for more than 40 years, including 25 on Cape Cod.
Chappaquoit Cellists participating in the concert are Ellen Adamson, Annabel Battin, Marilyn Brice, Meredith Cutler, Angela Diana, Luke DiNicola, Sara Fisichella, Ursula Junker, Josie Leveque, Beatrice Mattison, Alexia Morton, Shu-ton Murray, Nicolas Oggier, Paul Oggier, Avery Okon, Stephen Raposo and his daughter Genevieve, Olivia Rauss, Kaden Rogers, Marilyn Rowland, Kurran Singh, Rada Sokolov, Courcelle Stark, Alex Tang, Ava Warner, Taylor Willman and Ms. Patton.
Tickets are $15 (cash only) at the door.