The Music House Museum of Northern Michigan has presented several virtual concerts over the past few months and this week’s event features Steve Stargardt and Crispin Campbell. The concert will be available to stream starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, and will remain available to view through Sunday, January 31.
Steve Stargardt graduated from the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati and soon after began his career as an educator spanning 48 years; Stargardt taught music, middle school math, became a middle school counselor and went on to become an elementary school principal. Additionally, he taught jazz workshops, adjudicated jazz festivals and mentored jazz pianists, while also offering private lessons in both classical and jazz improvisation. Currently, Steve is active in performance with many local jazz musicians.
Crispin Campbell’s musical style reflects his individuality. In a typical performance, he makes seamless transitions from Bach cello suites and Beethoven sonatas to Sun Ra and Django Reinhardt, earning him the label, “A musician who defies categories.” In June 2018, Crispin left his position at Interlochen Arts Academy after 38 years in order to pursue his diverse musical interests more fully. He has two new recordings from 2019, “The River Under the River” with poet Michael Delp, and “About Time” music for cello and jazz trio, with pianist Steve Stargardt, bassist Jack Dryden and drummer Randy Marsh.