Recital Merges Cello, Power Tools and Dance

News Date: 
Mon. 09/12/2011

Susan Mayo, adjunct professor, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Fisch Haus, 524 S. Commerce Street in Wichita. This recital will have an interesting twist, combining cello, power tools, and dance.

"Clean Cut," a new work by Colorado composer Paul Elwood, explores the use of power tools as musical instruments. The piece blends cello and traditional percussion instruments along with tools ranging from a hand saw to a jack-hammer, to create a cacophony of sounds that are interesting to both the ear and eye. There will also be a bit of theatrics as the power tool musicians try to build a cello for the cellist. The outcome is dubious.

Another piece in the repertoire is Bach’s “Suite #1 for Solo Cello.” This selection will include dancers from the Friends University ballet department. Five of the movements – Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Minuets, and Gigue – from the Suite are based on dance forms. The dancers will use these forms as a basis for their choreography, which they will be creating themselves.

“I feel a recital should be friends having fun playing and creating music for other friends to listen to. This recital blends many of my worlds together in a way that should be enjoyable, entertaining and enlightening to all,” Mayo said.

John Harrison, Randy Zellars and Mayo are members of the trio ZHM. They will be playing swing and original tunes, and will be joined by Elwood on banjo. This concert is sure to provide something for everyone – swing to Bach, originals to Eastern European, tangos to bluegrass.

This recital will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Emporia State University’s Heath Recital Hall. Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information on this recital, please contact the Fine Arts Office at 316-295-5537 or

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