Free lunch concert this Friday features highly acclaimed musicians, to showcase American jazz inspirations

February 7, 2023 | 12:07 am

Updated February 6, 2023 | 9:22 pm

Highly trained and internationally acclaimed musicians Futaba Niekawa (right) and Alicia Choi will be featured in Friday's free Brown Bag Lunch Concert. | Photos provided

Another free Brown Bag Lunch Concert is taking place Friday, titled “Inspirations of American Jazz and Musical Friendships.” The concert features highly trained and internationally acclaimed musicians Futaba Niekawa and Alicia Choi.

Niekawa is a piano faculty member from the renowned Jacob School of Music at Indiana University. Choi is a Julliard-trained violinist and a faculty member at Schulich School of Music at McGill University (Montreal, Canada).

The program will explore how French and American composers were inspired by American jazz and musical friendships. Selections include music from Bach, Corigliano, and Bolcom.

The lunch concert will be hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church (720 Ford Ave.) from 12:15-1 p.m. Concertgoers are invited to bring their own lunch to enjoy during the program.

The free lunchtime concert series was started in 2018 by Kentucky Wesleyan College Clarinet Professor Kirsten Ahnell. Ahnell’s intent is to bring music to the public. The programs are mostly classically oriented and feature small groups of musicians.

In order to help enlighten the audience, Ahnell acts as a moderator for the programs. She has the musicians speak about the composers and pieces they are performing, discuss their instruments and answer questions from the audience after the program.

February 7, 2023 | 12:07 am

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