Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra set for Nov. 15
Date(s) - Sunday, November 15, 2015
Ladies Library Association
Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra present a mix of sacred and secular music, a work by Elizabeth Start, a final celebratory festival reception. The group is a plucked string ensemble consisting of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass. It was founded in 2003 to revive the mandolin orchestra tradition in Kalamazoo. The orchestra enjoys performing a wide variety of music including classical, ethnic, and “golden era” mandolin orchestra music.
Conductor Philip Rugel’s musical journey began at the Interlochen Arts Academy with studies in bassoon and music composition. After graduation, Philip attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied music composition with some of America’s leading composers such as Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner. Additional studies took place at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France.
Mr. Rugel’s musical output includes chamber music including two string quartets, a viola concerto, several vocal cycles and a chamber opera for wind ensemble and voices. Mr. Rugel’s music has been performed around the country from San Diego State to The University of Tennessee to The Gainey Center to The Pierre Monteux School in Maine. Selections of Philip’s music have also been broadcast on Michigan and Minnesota Public Radio stations.
Philip lives with his husband, Paul and their Great Dane, Freddy in Parchment, MI where in addition to mandolin music they enjoy gardening and travel as much as possible.
Admission to this concert is free. Donations accepted.