[Nic Orbovich (center) plays the violin for Joy Elementary School students Wednesday, accompanied by Rudy Haken (left) on viola and David Peshlakai on cello. Photo by Lois Tomaszewski]
La Porte, Indiana
By Lois Tomaszewski
Thursday, February 16, 2012
“MICHIGAN CITY — 'Music is magic,' Nic Orbovich, the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival co-founder, told Joy Elementary School’s second- and third-graders who crowded into the music room Wednesday for a performance. 'It has the opportunity to change your lives.'
“The performance was the first in a series over the next two days designed to introduce elementary students to chamber music, which is small groups of musicians playing together like a 'conversation among friends,' Orbovich said. The school concert combined a violin, viola, cello and pianist, although other musicians and instruments may take part in other concerts on the schedule.
“The concert featured several pieces arranged by black composers, including Scott Joplin and William Grant Still, as a tribute to Black History Month.” [
William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com Scott Joplin (c.1867-1917) is also profiled at the website.]