Oberon Guitar Trio performing at COTR

On Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m., the Oberon Guitar Trio will present a recital entitled “Something Old, Something New...”

Brad Mahon

Brad Mahon

On Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m., the Oberon Guitar Trio will present a recital entitled “Something Old, Something New…”, performing a selection of pieces written specifically for guitar trio.

The concert, sponsored by the College of the Rockies Guest Lecture Fund, will take place at the College’s Lecture Theatre, Room 250.   Admission is free.

Brad Mahon, Murray Visscher and Ralph Maier formed the Oberon Guitar Trio in 2007.   The trio, based in Calgary, quickly became a recognized ensemble, enjoying airplay on Canadian and American public radio, and performing widely in western Canada in concert halls and at music festivals.

The trio has been praised for its musicianship, impressive blend and stylish presentation.

In the first half, “Something Old,”  concertgoers will have a rare opportunity to hear 19th century music played on authentic instruments.   The old guitars have a gentler, mellower sound than the modern guitar, giving these pieces an intimacy and richness closer to what the composers heard in their minds’ ears.

In the second half the trio will return to their modern guitars to play “Something New.”   They will talk about how a piece of modern music comes into existence, and play selections from the impressive list of compositions written for and premiered by them, which includes music by John Abram, Michael Nicolella, Pascal Sasseville Quoquochi, and Mark Wilson.

Everyone will find something enjoyable in this group’s diverse repertoire which is played with virtuosity, humour, and sensitivity.

For further information about this free presentation, contact Jim Bailey at College of the Rockies, 489-2751, local 3428.