Multi-instrumentalist Lauren Pelon plays free concert at Avon library
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What: Lauren Pelon in concert.
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.
Where: Beaver Creek Community Room, Avon Public Library, 200 Benchmark Road, Avon.
More information: Call 970-949-6797, or visit www.evld.org.
AVON — Internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon will appear in a unique concert at Avon Public Library in the Beaver Creek Community Room on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., playing music ranging from the first century to the 21st century.
Under the title “The Living Roots of Music,” Pelon traces the story of music and performs songs from around the world on archlute, guitar, lute-guitar, lyre, recorders, gemshorns, cornamuse, krummhorn, schreierpfeife, shawm, rackett, pennywhistles, concertina, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy, bowed psaltery, Kiowa courting flute, eagle bone flute, electric wind instrument and MIDI-pedalboard.
“I am fascinated by the interesting ways people of other cultures and different times have found to make music,” Pelon said. “I especially enjoy doing these programs because they differ from ordinary concert performances. They offer not only an opportunity to listen to music, but also a way to think about how music has affected the lives of people all over the world — from ancient times to our own modern day.”
Pelon’s current program melds her own original compositions with her arrangements of music from ancient Greece, medieval Europe and contemporary Africa and the Middle East. William Kearns, of the American Music Research Center in Boulder, called the program “captivating and awesome.”
The multi-instrumentalist has performed throughout the United States and in China, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia and New Zealand. She is noted for her versatile use of a diverse array of instruments and has also won recognition for her soprano voice and for her compelling compositions and arrangements of music from many countries and cultures.
A Michigan reviewer wrote, “Lauren Pelon is a showpiece by virtue of her beautiful, fervent voice and her extraordinary talents on an assortment of unusual but authentic instruments.”
Pelon has performed with symphony orchestras, The Philadelphia String Quartet, on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and at the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Avon Public Library is presenting this concert, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 970-949-6797 or visit http://www.evld.org.