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February 6th, 2015 – The Eclectic Cello January 4, 2015

Posted by eng112f09 in Classical, Upcoming concerts.
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The Grove Music Festival presents a program titled The Eclectic Cello at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Ave.  Featured artists will be Martin Torch-Ishii, cello, and Michele Cooker, piano. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

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Torch-Ishii will be joined by Cooker, a Midland native, in a concert featuring works of Bach, Shostakovich and Schumann, as well as several contemporary pieces including two works composed by Torch-Ishii.  Mr. Torch-Ishii will conduct a master-class for Midland Public School string players on Friday morning, February 6.  In conjunction with the Midland Music Teachers Association, Michele Cooker will hold a piano master-class at 4 pm, Feb. 6 at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church.

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Torch-Ishii is a cellist, composer, and educator involved in a wide variety of musical genres and projects.  Based in Ann Arbor, he maintains a full private cello studio and an active performance schedule through his Home Concert Series.  His debut solo CD, “Metamorphosis” was released in August, 2014.  During the summer, Martin co-directs Cellovation in Ann Arbor, and the San Diego Cello Camp in California. Partner to many distinguished musicians, Michele Cooker has performed on many concert series and participated in festivals in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  Ms. Cooker collaborates regularly with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and other violinists throughout the Midwest.  She teaches piano in Ann Arbor.

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