MSU percussion spring concert April 30
Minot State University percussionists will present their Spring Concert April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. The concert will include numbers by the MSU Percussion Ensemble and MSU Marimba Ensemble as well as solo, duet and trio selections.
"The program is a good sampling of compositions written expressly for percussion," said MSU Percussion Instructor Avis Veikley. "The music is enjoyable for the listener, because the composers have taken care to show off the unique tone colors of the percussion instruments, and it is fun for the players, because the writing suits the instruments well."
Compositions range from "Fanfare for Tambourines" by John Alfieri, which explores the tonal possibilities six tambourines; to "Vespertine Formations" by Christopher Deane, a piece for marimba quartet that musically describes the swirling flight of a flock of birds.
The Percussion Ensemble also will present "Exploration of Time," a rhythmic tour de force by Eckhard Kopetzki. The Marimba Ensemble will perform "Edge of the World" by Nathan Daughtrey.
Small group numbers include "Akadina Trio" by Emmanuel Séjourné, inspired by traditional African xylophone polyrhythms; and "Double or Nothing," a marimba and vibraphone duet by David Steinquest. Senior percussion major Justin Goetz will perform "November Evening," a jazz-influenced marimba solo by Christopher Norton.
Both ensembles will join forces to conclude the program with a mallet-instrument arrangement of William Bolcom's slow rag, "Graceful Ghost."
The concert is free and open to the public. For questions, contact 858-3264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.