Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017
Brent Wissick directed a large group of cellists that filled the newly renovated stage of the Hill Hall auditorium now known as Moeser Auditorium. The group consisted of his current UNC students and many alums from all over the state. It is a great credit to him personally and to his teaching, that his students flock back to play with him on these occasions.
The program included many genres of music for the choir, solos and a dramatic pop trio, of which two of the three players have been, or are on, the current Board - Paula Peroutka, and past member, Caroline Iantosca (recently off the Board to pursue exciting travels).
The opening piece for all the cellos was of course by Bach "Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern" followed by the Canon for Two Cellos by Gabrielli. What a great sound the
cello choir makes.
Solos with piano accompaniments were performed by Rachel Evans "Song Without Words" by F. Mendelssohn, Devin Cornacchio "Pampeana#2 by A.Ginastera, and the 4th movement of Elgar's Cello concerto by Hannah-Lohr Pearson. All the soloists were confident in their playing and presented very musical performances. Emily Russ did an excellent and sensitive job of accompanying them.
The trio of alums, Paula Petrouka (who arranged the Michael Jackson song "Smooth Criminal") Audrey Cook and Caroline Iantosca gave a dramatic rendition of the song which garnered many whoops and clapping from the audience. A great way to show another facet of cello sounds.
The remaining pieces for all the cellos included "Fratres" by Arvo Part, "Ad Pacem by J. Fitz-Rogers, who wrote this piece for a South Carolina Cello Festival in memory of Rostropovich. The excellent and inspiring concert ended with the frenzied "Tarantella" by W. Squire.
Nothing is better than a Cello choir! Congratulations Brent.