Week 2 – South and Central America

Tuba Bach Week 2 – South and Central America

Check out photos from the concerts!  Thanks Jeff Pedelty for capturing this wonderful event.


Saturday, September 22, 2018 — 7 PM
Sunday, September 23, 2018 — 4 PM

Big Rapids High School Auditorium
21175 15 Mile Rd, Big Rapids

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 12 PM  Lunch Bachs Family Concert at Three Girls Bakery (106 N Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307)


Traditional music from a variety of regions throughout Central & South America and the Caribbean, presented by Venzuelan flute virtuoso Marco Granados, award-winning percussionist and cuatro player Jackeline Rago, rising marimba artist and percussionist Noah Mallett and tuba-euphonium artist Ed Mallett.

Marco Granados
Marco Granados


Venezuelan-born, flutist Marco Granados epitomizes the 21st century musician, maintaining a versatile career as an innovative chamber and orchestral musician, an international concerto and recital soloist, and a lead teaching artist and educator. He is one of the world’s leading flutists on Latin American music, and his diverse repertoire spans from folk to classical music.

Since his New York City debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1991, Mr. Granados has gone on to perform in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium for “Sonidos Latinos”, a celebratory festival of Latin American music. He has performed the Jacques Ibert Flute Concerto and the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the New York City Symphony at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, and has been a featured soloist at Wigmore Hall in London. Mr. Granados has performed with many of the leading symphony orchestras in Venezuela, his native country, premiering both the Jacques Ibert and Aram Khachaturian flute concerti with the Maracaibo and Venezuelan Symphony Orchestras. In Peru, he gave the South American premiere of the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Mexican composer Samuel Zyman with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lima. As an international soloist, his performances have taken him all over the world, including South Africa, Slovenia, Scotland, Japan, and China to name a few.

In the United States, Mr. Granados has frequently been a featured artist at the National Flute Convention, flute associations, and multiple artist series. Highlights of his 2016 and 2017 season include solo recitals at the New Jersey Flute Society, the Colorado Flute Association, the Arizona Flute Society, and the Utah Flute Association. Other solo recitals this season include performances at the Wilson Center in Milwaukee, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Suzuki Association of the Americas Biannual Conference, Four Seasons Arts in Oakland, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.

Mr. Granados has served as principal flute with The New York City Symphony Orchestra, Opera Northeast, and L’Orchestra in the Berkshires, and as associate principal flute with the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra. In New York City, he performed with the Mostly Mozart Festival, and on Broadway for the musicals Miss Saigon, Annie, Showboat, and The Sound of Music.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Granados has performed at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and with such distinguished artists as clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, flutist William Bennett, flutist Ransom Wilson, harpist Nancy Allen, and oboist Heinz Holliger. He is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Classical Jam and has been a member of many critically acclaimed ensembles, among which are Triangulo, a Latin American Chamber Trio, and Quintet of the Americas. While with Quintet of the Americas, he performed at Carnegie Hall, The Bermuda International Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall.

On radio broadcasts, Mr. Granados has been featured nationwide as both a host and performer on NPR’s “Performance Today”. With host Fred Child, he was the featured artist for the program “Around New York” on WNYC. Other radio appearances include live performances on WQXR in New York City with Classical Jam.

Mr. Granados can be heard on such recording labels as CRI, Chesky Records, MMC Records, Koch World, XLNT Records and Soundbrush Records. His solo recording are: “Music of Venezuela”, virtuoso flute music by living Venezuelan composers; “Luna”, a romantic serenade of songs from Venezuela and South America for flute and guitar; “Tango Dreams”, a compilation of works by Astor Piazzolla; and “Amanecer”, a collection of Venezuelan flute favorites.

A devoted educator, Mr. Granados is a professional teaching artist, having hosted, presented and developed programs for Lincoln Center Education, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The New York Philharmonic, and Carnegie Hall to name a few. Mr. Granados has been on faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston. Most recently, he is the founder of The Granados Music Institute, a training program to educate young professional flutists in 21st century skills. Marco Granados is a Haynes Artist and is proud to be playing a custom hand-made flute by the William S. Haynes flute company in Boston, MA.



Jackeline Rago
Jackeline Rago

Jackeline Rago is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer and educator who specializes in Venezuelan Folk-Music as well as music from other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Jackeline began playing music at the age of four. Prior to moving to the United States, she spent years studying the Folk-Venezuelan “Cuatro” (national string instrument) and mandolin at the “Manuel Antonio Carreño Primary School” under the tutelage of Venezuelan folklorist Angel Guanipa. During her teenage years, she completed studies in music theory and harmony at the “Escuela de Musica Prudencio Esaa” and courses in classical mandolin at “The Caracas Philarmonic Orchestra Conservatory” under maestro Ivan Adler. While in Venezuela, Jackeline also pursued studies in Afro-Venezuelan percussion under folklorists Hector Pacheco and Alexander Livinalli from the “Fundacion Bigott” in Caracas. In 1989, Jackeline graduated with a B.A. from the Music & Arts Institute of San Francisco, CA, majoring in classical mandolin. Presently, she resides in the Bay Area which has been her home base for the past 20 years. In addition to her Cuatro and mandolin expertise, Rago is an accomplished percussionist and vocalist.

Jackeline Rago is the artistic and musical director of the “Venezuelan Music Project” (Venezuelan Folk music, www.venezuelanmusicproject.com) and a founding member of the”VNote Ensemble” (formerly The Snake Trio, www.vnotensemble.com), bands which she travels and performs with in an ongoing basis. She was also a founding member of “Altazor” (Nueva Canción ensemble),” Wild Mango” (world beat music), “Keith Terry & Crosspulse” (world percussion) and “Trio Altamira” (contemporary Latin American music).

Jackeline Rago has been a guest artist on recordings and performances by prominent artists such as John Santos and the Machete Ensemble, Andy Narell, Mike Marshall, Holly Near, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Isay Barnwell (Sweet Honey in the Rock), Marco Granados (Venezuelan flutist), Aquiles Báez (Venezuelan guitarist), Alexander Livinalli (Venezuelan percussionist), Rebeca Mauleon, Omar Sosa, the Oakland Youth Chorus, various Windam Hill recording artists and many other musicians and ensembles within the U.S. and Venezuela.

Just recently, Rago received the “Award of Excellence in Music“ given by the Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Arts in its 30th Anniversary, in San Francisco, CA. Additionally, Jackeline is a recipient of awards and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, California Arts Council, Meet the Composer/Readers Digest Commissioning Program, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Foundation and AIM (Adventures in Music program sponsored by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra). Furthermore, Rago was an Artist in Residence of the State of California from 1989 to 2001.

Jackeline Rago has performed nationally and internationally for over 20 years showcasing the music of Latin America with an emphasis in Venezuelan Folk-Music.