Akropolis Reed Quintet to Perform “These American Stories” at El Camino College
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Akropolis Reed Quintet to Perform “These American Stories” at El Camino College

The El Camino College Center for the Arts will present a concert by the award-winning Akropolis Reed Quintet, which will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in Marsee Auditorium. 

The concert “These American Stories” will present a narrative program of influential music by American composers from the last century. Each work tells its own story from a different perspective, at a unique moment of realization or imagination. For example, Gershwin's epic tone poem “An American in Paris” is presented alongside present-day music by John Steinmetz, Jeff Scott, and Logan Rutledge. 

Original works for Akropolis will also be featured, including “Sorrow and Celebration” and “Point Blank,” celebrating the life of Trayvon Martin. With support from the prestigious Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, the performance also features acclaimed composer Jeff Scott’s first reed-quintet work, which was inspired by “And Still We Rise,” an exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, and closes with an arrangement of Nina Simone’s version of the Coots/Lewis favorite, “For All We Know.” 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Akropolis’ 2019-20 season features 10 commissions for the ensemble. The group was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and has won seven national chamber music prizes, including the Fischoff Gold Medal and Fischoff Educator Award. Hailed by Fanfare Magazine for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality,” Akropolis’ recent third album release, “The Space Between Us,” was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “pure gold.” 

A nonprofit organization supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous foundations and individuals nationwide, Akropolis delivers more than 120 annual performances and workshops. In addition, Akropolis also presents its own 16-event festival each June, featuring multidisciplinary collaborators, a workplace concert series, and educational outreach. Akropolis reaches more than 5,000 K-12 students annually, including an academic year-long residency with students at three Detroit high schools.

October 24, 2019