KALAMAZOO—Flutist Chris Norman and violinist David Greenberg, two of the most imaginative performers in traditional and early music, will play a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University.
The duo has performed together for over 15 years, presenting concerts that run the gamut from Renaissance, Baroque, traditional and original music incorporating flutes, violins, vielles, pipes, keyboards and voice. The Jan. 23 program will feature the traditional music of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Jacobson, WMU professor of music. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, and are available from Miller Auditorium at millerauditorium.com/som or by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.
Chris Norman began his formal musical studies at the age of ten. His interest in the traditional music of Maritime Canada drew him from his early path studying classical flute. Norman traveled across North America and Europe in the 1980s to apprentice with older players. His subsequent work has explored and redefined the boundaries of both traditional and early-music genres.
Norman’s flute playing can be heard featured in the Oscar-winning soundtrack of Titanic as well as other films including Stone of Destiny and Soldier. His solo CD releases have received praise from critics and audiences alike. His debut, Man With the Wooden Flute, made the Billboard crossover charts for 12 weeks. Norman has collaborated, toured and recorded with some of today’s top artists in the genres of early music and traditional folk music.
David Greenberg taught himself folk fiddle tunes by ear as a young child growing up in Maryland. He learned conventional classical violin through his teens, and in the mid-1980s he studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute.
Greenberg spent the 1990s performing and recording with Tafelmusik while developing a specialty in Scottish baroque-folk music, recording three groundbreaking CDs in this genre with his group Puirt A Baroque. Immersing himself in Cape Breton traditional music, he co-authored a treatise on Cape Breton fiddle music, the DunGreen Collection, with his wife Kate Dunlay.He directs the Tempest baroque ensemble in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he lives.
Bullock Music Performance Institute
The Dalton Wed@7:30pm: Live and Interactive! concert series is presented by the WMU School of Music under the auspices of the Bullock Music Performance Institute. Established in the fall of 1985 and renamed in 1988 in honor of its founder, the institute has presented events ranging from formal evening concerts to daytime educational outreach events for local audiences and students of all ages.
For more information about the Wednesday evening concert series, call (269) 387-4704 or (269) 387-4678, or visit wmich.edu/music.