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Classical Band plays Piazzolla, Beethoven, Led Zeppelin…

Fabulous night!  Thanks to Carla, Joel, Cármelo, and the whole Blue Rock team.  Enjoy the images from Rodney Bursiel, and video from the Blue Rock tech team.  Leave comments and reviews below. 

Who made the rule that you have to be in stiff formal clothing, prim, and sanctimonious to experience some of the amazing music ever written? Well, it doesn’t apply here!

Through the ages, classical musicians have held back-room parties and jam sessions, where the real music-making happens. This is howREVEL—more “classical band” than chamber ensemble—has captured the hearts of music lovers around the world: by returning classical music to its radical roots, gathering in intimate settings to let their hair down and revel in great music.

REVEL’s trio of award-winning artists, violinist Cármelo de los Santos, cellist Joel Becktell and pianist Carla McElhaney, will take you on a journey that will change everything you think about classical music.

From soulful masterworks to passionate tangos, from fresh, new innovations to classic rock, REVEL offers breathtaking music that will alternately break your heart and have you dancing on the edge of your seat. 
Since their 2009 debut, REVEL has presented 3 full seasons of concerts, and has appeared by invitation on series including the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, the Blanco Performing Arts Series, Music from the Western Reserve in Hudson, Ohio, and Costa Rica’s Credomatic Music Festival. They have been featured on Austin’s Eklektikos with John Aielli (KUT 90.5FM), and Dianne Donovan’s Classically Austin (KMFA 89.5FM), and performed for enthusiastic audiences at diverse venues such as the Armstrong/Connelly Studio at Ballet Austin, New Mexico Tech in Socorro, and the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose.  They invite listeners everywhere to dispense with the standard protocol of the day, rebel against the formal austerity of the concert hall, and “come as you are, clap when you feel like it, and revel in the music like no one is watching.”

Pianist Carla McElhaney is a passionate and dynamic performing artist, teacher, and coach. She is co-founder, pianist, and the Executive/Artistic Director of REVEL.  She serves on the piano faculty at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, and publishes an e-zine on the creative life called Passion in Action. McElhaney is a multiple prize winner including the Mozart International Piano Festival.  She served on the piano faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, and then the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio before returning to Austin to create REVEL. McElhaney has appeared on many recordings and her performances have been broadcast on WCLV Cleveland, WAVE Atlanta, WXXI Rochester and WKUT Austin/WKUX San Angelo, and KMFA in Austin.


Cellist Joel Becktell has performed, taught, and lectured throughout North America and Europe. He has performed with cellists Yo-Yo Ma, recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen, pianist Leon Fleisher, and violinist Charles Castleman, among many others. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was awarded the Rubenstein prize for cello performance. Joel has been a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nichols Quartet, the Harrington String Quartet, and the Moveable Feast chamber ensemble. He has served as Principal Cellist of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and has also been Principal Cellist with the Santa Fe Pro Musica. He has traveled widely as a clinician and presenter of master classes, including guest teacher at the University of Texas, the University of Iowa, the University of Western Ontario, the University of New Mexico, and the Shenandoah Conservatory.

Brazilian violinist Cármelo de los Santos came into prominence in 1993 when he won Brazil’s most prestigious music competition, the “VII Eldorado Prize”, São Paulo. Since then he has appeared as a soloist and as a recital player with major orchestras in Brazil and South America. He has recorded many programs for radio and television in Brazil. Cármelo trained in New York at the Manhattan School of Music and holds a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia. Cármelo won the first prize at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Heis currently Assistant Professor of violin at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

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