Whitney Hale

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College: Fine Arts

Classical, Jazz and Vampires in Concert

Published: Oct 24, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2012) — The fall concert of the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble will treat listeners to premieres of music from the classical and jazz genres, as well as a hauntingly Halloween-inspired number. Under the direction of James Campbell, UK Percussion Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the  Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

UK Percussion Ensemble's concert will feature French percussionist Frédéric Macarez in a premiere of his own work "Errances-Escales," a concerto for timpani and percussion ensemble. Macarez is currently the principal timpanist of the Orchestre de Paris, and he also serves as director of the percussion studies at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris. His very popular master classes and performance schedule take him throughout Europe, America and Asia.

 

The afternoon will also include two other premiere performances of "4BY4," a highly charged work written for a quartet of drum kits by New Zealand composer John Psathas, and "Night Hunter," by James Campbell, offered as an appetizer for Halloween as it evokes the mystery surrounding the myth of vampires.

 

The concert will open with a traditional West African drumming welcome, "Gahu," taught to the ensemble by Michael McSweeney, who spent part of his summer studying traditional drumming and dance in Ghana. Also offered on the program is Edgard Varèse’s iconic masterwork, "Ionisation," written in 1931 and considered by many to have shaped the musical world forever with its scandalous use of rhythm, textures, and timbres.

 

The UK Percussion Ensemble, part of the School of Music at the College of Fine Arts, performs cutting-edge percussion literature. The repertoire demands unflinching intensity of concentration, sustained, vigorous athleticism and, at times, the quiet intensity and slow balance of martial arts. They have won the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Contest four times.

 

To see a previous performance by the UK Percussion Ensemble, watch them perform UK alumnus and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche's "Clapping Music Variations" below.

UK Percussion Ensemble performs "Clapping Music Variations," by Glenn Kotche.

 

For more information on this concert or the UK Percussion Ensemble, contact James Campbell, professor of percussion studies, at (859) 257-8187 or j.b.campbell@uky.edu.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716 or whitney.hale@uky.edu

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