BU duo to perform “Dez Cordas” concert

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will present “Dez Cordas,” a concert by double bassist Craig Butterfield and guitarist Matthew Slotkin, on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium. Butterfield will give a public lecture at 5 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, room 166. Both events are free and open to the public.

In “Dez Cordas,” Butterfield and Slotkin perform an eclectic mix of musical styles, from tango to jazz to baroque. The concert will include performances of "Children's Songs" by jazz pianist Chick Corea, Franz Schubert's "Arpeggione Sonata," and a premiere performance of San Francisco-based composer John Anthony Lennon's "Bon Méchants," which was written specifically for the duo.

Butterfield is a professor of double bass at the University of South Carolina, and Slotkin is associate professor of guitar at Bloomsburg University. Both musicians are classically trained, yet show their diverse musical roots in arrangements of a wide variety of music by composers including Astor Piazzolla, Chick Corea and Franz Schubert, as well as new compositions written for the duo by leading contemporary composers.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.