New York duo to open spring concert series at Penn State Behrend
Cellist Laura Metcalf performed at Penn State Behrend in 2019 as part of Sybarite5, a classic mashup that put a millennial spin on songs by David Bowie, Radiohead and Andy Akiho. She returns on February 8 as part of a duo – an onstage partnership with her husband, guitarist Rupert Boyd – but with the same extensive repertoire: on this tour, they perform songs by Bach and Beyonce.
The show, the first of three spring concerts for Music at Noon: The Logan Series, is open to the public at no charge. Music will begin at noon at McGarvey Commons.
Metcalf and Boyd tour as Boyd Meets Girl. “They play as one, with a harmony of purpose as sure as their intonation,” Gramophone wrote of their debut album, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Traditional Classics chart. The duo have performed in India, Nepal and New Zealand, as well as all states and territories in Boyd’s native Australia.
The couple are also artistic directors of the GatherNYC Sunday morning concert series.
Two other Music at Noon concerts will follow:
March 24: Okaidja Afroso Trio
Born in Kokrobite, a fishing village in western Ghana, Okaidja Afroso taught himself to play the guitar. Her performances incorporate traditional Ga fetish dances and musical influences from across the African diaspora. Her 2017 album, “The Palm Wine Sea,” led to a commission from the Portland Repertory Theater to revamp the gospel folk song “Children Go Where I Send Thee.”
April 7: Harlem Quartet
The Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet celebrates and promotes the diversity of classical music by presenting works by minority composers. The group has been featured on CNN, NBC’s “Today” show and at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, the quartet performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
Music at Noon: The Logan Series was founded by Mrs. Kay Logan in 1989 and receives major support from the Kay Logan Trust. Additional funding is provided by the Penn State Behrend Student Activity Fee. Music at Noon receives state financial support for the arts through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided in part by a grant from the Erie Arts & Culture Project, made possible by community contributions to the Combined Arts & Cultural Campaign and the Erie Arts Endowment.
To learn more about Music at Noon, contact series director Gary Viebranz at 814-898-6289 or [email protected] To subscribe to Music at Noon Notes, an online guide to the series, visit musicatnoon.wordpress.com.