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Columbia Orchestra continues 40th season on 1/27 with Beethoven, Brahms, and a beatboxer!

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 7:30pm
Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, MD 21044

The Columbia Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season continues on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The program opens with Deadlock by Ruby Fulton featuring Baltimore beatboxer Shodekeh, for whom the piece was written. Next the orchestra welcomes back pianist Michael Sheppard to perform Beethoven's moody and dramatic Piano Concerto No. 3. Finally, Brahms’ sunny D Major Symphony No. 2 will round out the program. Bill Scanlan Murphy, music department faculty member at Howard Community College, will offer a free lecture at 6:30pm. Tickets are $28/$22 for adults, $24/$18 for seniors, and $12/$10 for students. A $3 ticket processing fee will apply. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (410) 465-8777 or visit www.columbiaorchestra.org

Shodekeh, beatboxer & vocal percussionist
Shodekeh - Beatboxer & Vocal Percussionist

Dominic "Shodekeh" Talifero is a groundbreaking beatboxer and vocal percussionist who pushes the boundaries of the human voice. He currently serves as faculty, musical accompanist and composer for Towson University's Department of Dance and is the founding director of "Embody, A Music Series of the Vocal Arts," which strives for artistic and cultural unity through the many vocal traditions from the world from opera, throat singing, to beat boxing. Imitating and often replacing a drum set, drum machine or drum loop through a series of vocal effects or percussive sounds, beatboxing exemplifies the hip hop philosophy of creating meaningful artistic expressions with limited resources at its most extreme. In recent years, Mr. Talifero has moved from beatboxing's hip hop roots to explore innovative collaborations with a wide range of traditional artists, including Tuvan Throat Singing, Lithuanian Folk Music, Experimental, Funk, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Ballet and various forms and techniques of Modern Dance. He is constantly striving to rhythmically channel the vast spectrum of sounds around him, not just through Music, but via the channels of Science, Culture, History, Mathematics and Ethnomusicology.

Michael Sheppard, pianist
Michael Sheppard - Pianist

Michael Sheppard, pianist, is known as a pianist of dazzling virtuosity and penetrating musicianship. Trained by the legendary Leon Fleisher and the scholarly but passionate Ann Schein at the Peabody Conservatory, Michael was selected by the American Pianists Association as a Classical Fellow. This designation led to the recording of his Harmonia Mundi CD of 2007 and another recording soon to be released. The APA fellowship provided a tour of Southern Asia and the Middle East, done in collaboration with the US Department of State. During this tour, he performed with numerous national orchestras, played chamber music with resident ensembles, and played in solo recitals as well as diplomatic events. Back in the US, Mr. Sheppard made his debut at the Kennedy Center and has since performed standard piano repertoire with numerous orchestras nationwide. He has returned to Asia, Europe and performed at Carnegie Hall as well. Receiver of a Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship and another from the LaGesse Foundation, Sheppard took a major prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs National Competition. Michael Sheppard is a native of Philadelphia and resides in Baltimore where he often enjoys performing chamber music with Baltimore Symphony Principal cellist Dariusz Skorazewski and Hong Kong Philharmonic Concertmaster Igor Yuzefovich in the Monument Trio. He is also a teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

The Columbia Orchestra thanks Vantage House, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Howard County Arts Council, and the Community Foundation of Howard County for their support.

Contact: Katherine Keefe, Executive Director, Execdir@columbiaorchestra.org

Online website - http://columbiaorchestra.org/
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