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SFA Percussion Ensemble to present spring concert

April 22, 2009 - Sylvia Bierschenk
The SFA Percussion Ensemble will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Cole Concert Hall.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The SFA Percussion Ensemble will present works from a wide variety of percussion and musical styles in its annual spring concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The ensemble will open the concert with David McBride's "Quiet."

"This exciting theatrical work is completely memorized and incorporates choreographed movements and vocals to enhance the work, much like the Broadway productions of Stomp or Blue Man Group," explained Scott Harris, SFA assistant professor of percussion and the ensemble's director.

Freshman percussionists Jon Coppinger, Jon Gaedchens and Steven Reiss will present another theatrical piece, Mark Ford's "Afta-Stuba," which calls for all three players to perform and interact on only one marimba.

The program also includes two chamber pieces: Steve Reich's "Music for Pieces of Wood," which is performed entirely on hand-held wooden claves, and Ney Rosauro's "Brazilian Myths," a five-movement work that uses non-traditional instruments such as metal cans, balloons, pots and pans, horn, a bottle and water glasses.

The concert will close with Steve Riley's "Eye Irascible," a large ensemble work conducted by graduate student Kenny Peters.

The concert is a joint presentation of SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Dr.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit http://www.sfasu.edu/finearts or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.