For Immediate Release
January 17, 2014
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Brockport, NY – They are hot. They are hip. They are a string ensemble that likes to take the “chamber” out of chamber music, and play what they enjoy playing. They love playing everywhere. And they love playing everything. They are Gibbs & Main, and they will be bringing their string instruments to The College at Brockport for a concert on Friday, February 7, 2014, at 7:30 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street. Tickets are $16/General, $11/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $8.50/Students. They are available online at fineartstix.brockport.edu, by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. Do they play the classics? Sure. But they also play contemporary music. Bluegrass. Latin. Even hip-hop. Gibbs & Main strives to make their audiences aware that music is a living, breathing thing by playing works from living, breathing composers, many from New York State. Part of their mission, with this concert and with their EuphoNY series, is to help alter some misconceptions of today’s younger audiences. “We started EuphoNY in order to feature music by contemporary composers from the state of New York. We were taken aback that most students think that classical composers were all dead people,” admits Karine Stone, one of the founders of the ensemble. “Or that chamber music was all very sophisticated and inaccessible. One of the things we like to stress is that Mahler drew on folk music in his works. And Bach! Bach would play anywhere… in churches, in pubs, at parties, for his kids.” Suffice it to say, classical music is far less stately than people would have you think.
Music, according to Stone, “helps little ones’ minds from going to waste. It can help corral kids off the streets by instilling some discipline in their lives,” and they can gain a sense of pride by learning how to play an instrument, or even by fashioning a home-made instrument at one of the workshops that Gibbs & Main occasionally holds. She admits “kids will come up to me years later and start excitedly asking, ‘Do you remember when you showed me how to make a tube instrument?’ or ‘You were at that instrument petting zoo!’ – we set up instruments for the kids to touch and hear at our workshops – and it makes me feel good. Music really does make a difference, in kids’ lives, but also in everyone’s lives.” Gibbs & Main. They are everything from highbrow to Löwenbräu. -end-
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 * www.brockport.edu