Fleischmanns — Noted cellist and music educator Nicholas “Nicky” Swett will perform two concerts in the region this coming weekend. Swett will perform “Music in Translation” on Friday, July 13 at the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi and will give a free, educational, interactive classical “Emoticoncert” on Saturday, July 14 at Skene Memorial Library on Main Street in Fleischmanns.
Swett is currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and serves as a Civic Engagement Fellow. He loves giving lecture-recitals and providing audiences with nontraditional program notes that range from poetry to colorful diagrams to animations.
“Music in Translation” gets underway at 4:00 p.m. at the Gideon Frisbee House on Rt. 10 in Delhi Friday. It will include works from a wide range of musical styles. Solo cello works by J.S. Bach and Alfredo Piatti are paired with works by Gyorgy Ligeti, Krystof Penderecki, Marc O’Connor, and others. There will be opportunities for the audience to participate in activities and ask questions.
The Fleischmanns “Emoticoncert” will explore how the patterns, melodies, and rhythms of the music of J.S. Bach tell a story. This animated classical concert experience uses the familiar medium of “Emojis” to bring works of J.S. Bach to life. Performers or audience members assign emoticons to small sections of the music, which correspond to the constantly shifting moods and characters of the music. It helps instrumental music tell a fun story while potentially illuminating harmonic and rhythmical patterns that can make it easier for a listener to follow. This program will begin at 1 p.m. and is intended for families and children of all ages.
Swett graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with a B.A. and M.A. in Comparative Literature and a B.M. in Cello Performance. He regularly plays throughout the Chicago area. Admission for both concerts is free. For more information on the Fleischmanns program, call Skene Library at 845.254.4581. For information on the Delhi program, call 607.746.3849, or email dcha-ny.org for more information.