DECATUR – The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra continues to expand musically and conceptually with new director Sergey Bogza. For Saturday's concert, the conductor has invited young cellist Gabriel Cabezas to join the orchestra as a special guest.
The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Millikin University's Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
To give the public a taste of Cabezas's music, the symphony guild has planned outreach events to best utilize Cabezas's talents. The musician will be playing his cello during what is described as pop-up performances at area restaurants during Friday's lunch hour.
“We couldn't do this with a piano,” Bogza said. “This the perfect instrument.”
Beginning at 10:10 a.m., he will be performing at Panera Bread, followed by Gin Mill at 11:40 a.m., Tap Root at 12:05 p.m., Bizou at 12:30 p.m., and Paco’s Sol Bistro at 12:50 p.m. Each mini-concert will be approximately 15 minutes. During the performances, members of the symphony guild will distribute invitations with concert information.
Bogza describes this concert as an uplifting event. “The music isn't like candy where the reaction is quick,”he said. “Both the cello concerto and symphony are like taking a journey.”
Bogza will begin the evening before the performance with a pre-concert lecture beginning at 6:40 p.m. in the Kirkland hall. The conductor has described the performance as an exploration between the relationship of two composers, Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorák. Although experience and age set them apart, one often helped the other in their careers. “The concert explores the friendship between the two composers,” Bogza said.
After leaving Decatur, Cabezas continued his education at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
“I’ve been performing around the world for about 10 years now, playing solo and as a chamber musician,” he said
As a young artist, the professional will speak with Millikin music students about his career.
“Be open to every opportunity that comes your way and stay positive,” Cabezas said he often tells young musicians. “It can be hard to be a professional musician, but beyond worth it.”
Bogza invited Cabezas to discuss the music business with the students because he can relate to them more than other professionals.
“It is important to hear what it is like to work in the business at such a young age,” Bogza said. “It is different for a seasoned musician. The younger ones have a different understanding.”