NATCHITOCHES – Cellists Paul Christopher and Milovan Paz will present a CD release concert at Northwestern State University Friday, January 20 at 6 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
The concert will celebrate the release of "Lagniappe" (Offenbach Cello Duets Opus 19 and 20), the seventh CD in a series devoted to the cello music of Jacques Offenbach that began in 2004. Christopher was joined by Shreveport Symphony Principal Cello Ruth Drummond on the first five CDs of the series. Paz has played along with Christopher on the last two.
Many of these CDs feature world premiere recordings of this repertoire. The recordings have received favorable reviews and have been promoted nationally. They are a Louisiana product, featuring Louisiana artists and engineers and have been recorded in Shreveport. All of the recordings are on the Human Metronome label produced by Helen and Beecher Wood. They are available from Amazon, CDBaby or by visiting paulchristophercello.com
Christopher is associate professor of cello and music theory at Northwestern State. He received his bachelor of music education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his master of music in cello performance from the University of Memphis.
From 1989 to 2004, he was principal cello of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Opera and a member of the Premier String Quartet. In the summers of 1993-2014, he performed as assistant principal cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon.
Christopher has appeared as a clinician and guest artist throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and South Korea. His original articles have appeared in American String Teacher, Bass World, the Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter and Strings.
As a member of the Nashville String Machine, Christopher recorded with Faith Hill, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Springsteen and George Strait.
Paz began studying cello at age 11 in his hometown of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. While he was finishing high school, Paz was simultaneously earning an artist diploma from Escuelade Musica Victoriano Lopez graduating with honors and awards. He than began working professionally with the chamber string orchestra in San Pedro Sula and the Sinfonia Centroamericana.
Paz earned a bachelor’s in music performance in 2014 and his master’s in music performance in 2016. He performs with symphony orchestras in the region and works in the Natchitoches schools’ string program.