Rangbrook’s Potter Taking Her Show on the Road.

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March 25th, 2014

Omaha, NE — An Omaha non-profit is taking its musical message to the rest of the State.

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Rangbrook Ensemble's Sophia Potter (far right) will be touring through Nebraska.

Rangbrook Ensemble’s Sophia Potter (far right) will be touring through Nebraska.

Sophia Potter, cellist with the Rangbrook Ensemble, will hit the road to perform in schools, community centers, and coffee shops across Nebraska.

“Columbus, Ainsworth, Valentine, and Stapleton are the schools that I’ll be going to, then I’ll be doing a performance for the community of Norfolk,” Potter said.

Potter’s goal is to reach underserved communities in the state.

“My hope with this tour is to expose these kids to professional classical music and have them see the huge variety of wonderful music out there and get them to start learning about it and hopefully enjoy it,” she said.

While school students are the main focus of her tour, she wants to reach out and bring classical music to everyone.

“Kids can learn about how wonderful classical music in the classroom all the livelong day,” she said. “But if their parents don’t understand it or don’t care, it’s much harder to get them to go to concerts and to continue to care about it.”

Potter will perform selections from Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 3” alongside works by living composers.

“What I’m doing is I’m taking that Bach “Suite” and breaking it up by adding pieces by Mark Summer, the cellist with the Turtle Island String Quartet…Ma.”

She chose that particular Bach suite because she feels it will resonate with her audience.

“Out of all six of them I think it’s the one that – again, at least for me – I’ve had the easiest time getting an audience to connect to,” Potter said.

Potter will kick-off the tour by giving a pair of performances on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29. Both performances are in coffeehouses, a casual environment where she hopes to reach a new audience.

“You go and you grab your coffee, and maybe you just came here to hang out, but then there’s this cellist playing this weird music, and maybe you hear something you like, and suddenly Bach or other classical music isn’t so scary and you want to come to another program.”

The Rangbrook Ensemble’s cellist Sophia Potter’s Nebraska tour beings with a performance at the Tripoint Coffeehouse in Papillion on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 pm, with an additional Omaha performance Saturday, March 29 at the 402 Arts Collective in Benson. More information is available online at rangbrookensemble.org.

 

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