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SFA Percussion Ensemble's fall concert to feature fun, exciting music

October 27, 2014 - Robbie Goodrich
Steve Reich's "Mallet Quartet" is among the featured pieces to be performed during the SFA Percussion Ensemble's fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Cole Concert Hall.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The SFA Percussion Ensemble will perform its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Directed by Brad Meyer, the ensemble's performance will feature the entire gamut of percussion studio instruments. The most intense piece is Steve Reich's "Mallet Quartet" played on two marimbas and two vibraphones, according to Meyer.

"Reich is known for using fast rhythms and large musical structures to create monumental works for percussion," Meyer said.

The concert will also feature "Pulse," a fun and exciting marimba quartet that features parts that interlock together to create an intricate web of melodies, and "Hands Up," which is for six performers, each performing on one conga.

"This piece is rhythmically driving and uses different traditional conga patterns that have been orchestrated across all six players," Meyer said.

"Highlife" is the largest ensemble piece on the concert, and it uses "a massive amount of instruments and players," Meyer explained.

This concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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