Classical Music Concert of the Pasadena Community Orchestra

Dr. Nikolaus Keelaghan Performs Rare Concerto for Bass Drum with PCO
Nikolaus Keelaghan
Nikolaus Keelaghan
PASADENA, Calif. - March 4, 2018 - PRLog -- PCO performs Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty Waltz", Wagner's "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral", Franck's "The Accursed Huntsman" and Gabriel Prokofiev's "Concerto for Bass Drum" with Dr. Nikolaus Keelaghan as Bass Drum Soloist under the baton of Music Director Beth Pflueger.

Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty Ballet" was completed in 1889 and premiered in St. Petersburg's famous Marinsky Theatre in 1890. The lush "Garland Waltz" which occurs during the first Act, features the entrance of the fairies and villagers as well as the start of the finale of the Prologue, where the Lilac Fairy approaches Aurora's Cradle.

Wagner's "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral" comes at the end of Act II from the medieval Lohengrin opera written in 1848. During the procession, Elsa is on her way to be married to the knight, who we later learn is Lohengrin, knight of the Holy Grail.

Franck's "The Accursed Huntsman" is a German symphonic poem written in 1882, based on a poem by 18th century poet and novelist Gottfried August Bürger. It is a richly evocative orchestral piece about the adventure of Count Hackenberg who defies the Sabbath and blasphemed God in order to go hunting instead.

Gabriel Prokofiev's "Concerto for Bass Drum", is a west coast premiere that audiences don't often get the opportunity to hear. Each movement explores different possibilities and moods of the bass drum, an instrument that is un-pitched, and on the surface seems quite limited.

Nik Keelaghan

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Keelaghan began studying classical music as a freshman at California State University, Fullerton, under the tutelage of Todd Miller and Ken McGrath, and graduated magna cum laude. He finished his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance from UCLA, having studied with Raynor Carroll and Theresa Dimond.

Gabriel Prokofiev

A prominent figure in the alt-classical scene, Gabriel Prokofiev is an English-born composer, producer, DJ and artistic director who is the grandson of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Composing music that both embraces and challenges western classical traditions, Mr. Prokofiev has emerged at the forefront of a new approach to classical music in the U.K. at the beginning of the 21st century. Mr. Prokofiev's own distinctive sound is informed by his background as a producer of hip-hop, grime, and electro records, as well as his earlier involvement in electroacoustic music at York and Birmingham universities, which saw him win a Residency prize at the prestigious Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition in 1998.

WHERE: In the sanctuary of First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 (just west of Michillinda Avenue). Ample free parking, wheelchair accessible.

WHEN:  Friday, March 16th, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Email, or visit us online at (626) 445-6708

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