By Karl Blessing
There will be a faculty music recital with the theme of “Metamorphosis (viola in jazz, rock, blues, tango, czardas and folk styles),” as stated by Libor Ondras, Director of Orchestras at GRCC and Upper String Specialist (Violin/viola).
The recital features Sheryl Iott on piano, Maxwell Ondras on cello, in addition to Ondras on viola.
Ondras is a viola recitalist, conductor and educator. He has a rich history of participating in international fellowships which are only awarded to a handful of candidates around the world including the Pacific Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and Sir George Solti’s Carnegie Hall Project among many others.
Sheryl Iott, Professor of Applied Piano and Music Appreciation has performed and collaborated with numerous artists such as soprano Diane Pennings, as well as members of the West Michigan and Grand Rapids Symphonies. She is also a member of the board of examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.
Maxwell Ondras, son of Libor Ondras, is a recipient of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Scholarship. He has collaborated in several performances of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra chamber series with both his father and Iott in Petoskey and Harbor Springs. The younger Ondras has also recently appeared as a soloist with the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra performing Vivaldi’s “Double.”
The recital will be at the Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall, located in the Music Building on Grand Rapids Community College campus. It will be held on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased from the website.
Other upcoming events can be found at the Music Department’s performance calendar for 2017-18.