Tuba Bach continues with music from Central and South America

The second week of the New World Exploration concert series as part of the 13th annual Tuba Bach highlighted music from Central and South America with performances by (from left) Marco Granados, Noah Mallett, Ed Mallett and Jackeline Rago. (Pioneer photos/Taylor Fussman)

BIG RAPIDS — Sounds of the tango, samba, salsa and many other Central and South American styles of music filled Big Rapids over the weekend as part of the 13th season of Tuba Bach.

The New World Exploration concert series highlights music from different parts of the Western Hemisphere each week on Saturday and Sunday for residents and guests to the area to experience a small piece of a new culture.

“The concerts allow us to learn about many different cultures without having to leave the comfort of Big Rapids,” said Adriana Mallett, community event coordinator for Tuba Bach.

Performing music from Central and South America this weekend were Venezuelan-born flutist Marco Granados, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Jackeline Rago and Noah Mallett, a percussionist and senior at Crossroads Charter Academy in Big Rapids. Ed Mallett, founder and lead organizer for the annual Tuba Bach music festival, also performed this weekend.

(From left) Marco Granados, Noah Mallett and Ed Mallett played during Saturday night’s Tuba Bach concert at Big Rapids High School.

Adriana Mallett said in addition to the main concerts on Saturday and Sunday, there also was a Lunch Bach performance on Saturday afternoon at Three Girls Bakery in downtown Big Rapids which is more interactive and geared toward a younger audience.

In addition to the main concerts on Saturday and Sunday at Big Rapids High School, a Lunch Bach performance was held Saturday afternoon at Three Girls Bakery in downtown Big Rapids. This performance was geared toward younger children and offered a more interactive experience with the musicians.

“We’re just honored to be able to bring all these excellent musicians to Big Rapids,” she said. “It’s so exciting.”

Next week’s concert will highlight gospel music from Detroit.

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