MSU Percussionists to present Winter Concert
Minot State University percussion students will present their Winter Concert Nov. 27 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m. The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature the Percussion Ensemble, Marimba Ensemble, and individual soloists.
"One of our more interesting pieces features two non-percussion soloists," said Avis Veikley, MSU percussion instructor. "Sophomore music major Micah Holmen will solo on soprano sax in ‘Kohola' by David Jarvis. The second soloist in the piece is a whale."
Jarvis derived the composition's melodies and harmonies from whale songs, and a recording of a humpback whale concludes the piece. The percussion ensemble accompaniment borrows rhythms from Tahitian and Hawaiian folk drumming and also simulates the sound of ocean waves.
Other selections on the program include standards from the percussion literature such as "4/4 for Four" by Anthony Cirone; and "La Marimba" by Mexican composer Agustín Lara; as well as more recent works.
"Just Like That" by Josh Gottry is a play on the traditional Latin cascara rhythm; and "Hot Metal," a new work for marimba ensemble by Benjamin Daniels, is a musical description of a car race. "Speak Gently" by Italian composer Luigi Zaninelli exploits the tone colors of the vibraphone, glockenspiel, and marimba.
Solo offerings include the "Courante" from J.S. Bach's "Cello Suite No. 1," performed on marimba by Justin Goetz; and "The Big Bob Special" by Alex Orfaly, a xylophone rag with soloist Suzannah Miller.
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