MSU music to host percussion workshop and concert
The Minot State University Division of Music will host Maraca2, an internationally noted percussion duo from Birmingham, United Kingdom, for a day-long percussion workshop and free evening percussion concert Nov. 1. The percussion workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with morning sessions in the Gordon B. Olson Library and afternoon sessions in Old Main. The dayís activities will conclude with a concert by Maraca2 at in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Ensemble members Tim Palmer and Jason Huxtable will present workshops on keyboard percussion, trap set and other percussion instruments for high school and middle school students and their teachers from western and north central North Dakota. The event is in conjunction with the Northwest International Festival of Music and is open to all interested students and instructors.
"This is an outstanding opportunity for young musicians to hear and work with world-class percussionists," said Avis Veikley, percussion instructor.
The event is co-sponsored by Division of Music, the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning and Minotís Sunnyside School DrumKidz. The workshops and evening concert are free and open to the public.
MSU is the first stop for Maraca2 on a U.S. concert tour that includes a performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis in mid-November.
One of Britainís leading percussion ensembles, Maraca2 has toured extensively throughout the U.S., South America and Europe. Performance highlights include the International Percussion Festival in Patagonia, Argentina, and the opening concert of the BEMUS International Music Festival, Belgrade.
Maraca2 has appeared at the International Marimba Festival in Minneapolis, and at PASIC 2009 and it has been selected to perform one of the three featured evening concerts at PASIC 2013. The duo is heavily involved in music education and frequently performs in schools, universities and other institutes of learning. To gather more information or to register for the workshop, contact 858-3264 or email@example.com.