January 25, 2007
Lauren Pelon is a creative storyteller of music.
Performing on more than 25 new and old instruments from around the world, she traces the development of music throughout history.
Pelon will present her program “The Living Roots of Music” at Oklahoma Baptist University on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The concert is being funded in part through an Impact Grant from Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.
A resident of Red Wing, Minn., Pelon was the recipient of the 2001 Artist of the Year Award from Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. She has studied the history of music and instrumentation both in America and overseas.
“Ms. Pelon builds a bridge from an historical and cultural past through the present and into a new dimension,” said Dr. James Livingston from Northern Michigan University. “She produces music in many modes and styles, and from an impressive range of cultures and periods – a virtuoso in the original sense of the term.”
Pelon’s program features original compositions and her own arrangements of music from ancient Greece, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, Asia Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. Her array of instruments includes lute, guitar, lute-guitar, lyre, recorders, gemhorns, cornamuse, krummhorn, schreierpfiefe, shawm, racket, pennywhistles, concertina, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy, doucaine, Kiowa courting flute, synthesizers, electric wind instruments, MIDI-pedalboard and her own voice.
Pelon has performed through the United States and internationally, as a soloist with symphony orchestras, on television specials and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Pelon also will be presenting to two college classes and doing two school concerts during her time in Shawnee.
Admission to the Feb. 1 concert is free and the public is invited. There will be a reception following the concert in Raley Chapel’s Helen Thames Raley Parlor.