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Sheridan College Faculty Member Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman and Guests Present “La Dolce Vita: 300 Years of Italian Classical Music” Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts
Join bassist Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman, Director of Strings at Sheridan College, and guest artists for a recital on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts. “La Dolce Vita: 300 Years of Italian Music” will take the audience through a survey of 300 years of Italian classical music, featuring selections by Vivaldi, Verdi, Puccini, Bottesini, Rossini, and more. This performance is free and open to the public and no tickets are required.
Bergman will perform on two instruments: a double bass made by Celestino Picolotti in Torino, Italy and on a modern instrument set up to 18th century specifications. He is currently the Director of Strings at Sheridan College where he teaches double bass, composition, music history, and directs the Sheridan College Symphony Orchestra and Sheridan College Viol Consort.
Guest artists will include Dr. Christian Erickson, piano; Dr. Erin Hanke, harpsichord; and Dr. Julia Cory Slovarp, cello. The performance will last about 90 minutes and incorporate a visual art presentation by David Brock, Sheridan College art instructor.
“We invite you to join us for a whirlwind tour of 300 years of Italian music, featuring some of the most loved pieces from the western classic repertoire, some new and unexpected pieces, and a visual art interpretation to add to the experience,” Bergman said.
He formerly served as a Professor of Music History and Ensemble Director at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Bergman has an active background as an orchestral double bassist and held positions as the Principal Double Bassist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and the Mato Grosso Chamber Orchestra in Cuiabá, Brazil. During the summer, he performs with Assisi Performing Arts in Assisi, Italy, and the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon.