Whitney Hale

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College: Fine Arts

Natural Disaster Inspires Fall Percussion Concert

Published: Oct 31, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2013) — The University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble fall concert comes in with a bang this weekend featuring the premiere of a work inspired by a meteor explosion over Russia earlier this year. Under the direction of Professor James Campbell, UK Percussion Ensemble will present its fall concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Concert Hall of the Singletary Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The concert opens with a premiere performance of Campbell’s new composition "Dark Flight." The work derives its title from the period that larger meteors can enter after deceleration in the Earth’s atmosphere. When meteorite fragments fall at terminal velocity they will essentially be invisible (dark flight). A meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013 and injured 1,500 people inspired this music.

 

"Tacoma Narrows," by Steven Snowden, was inspired by the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge Nov. 7, 1940. Crowds gathered as "Galloping Gerti" wobbled uncontrollably as a result of a steady 42 mph wind. This speed coincided with the structure’s natural resonance and produced a self-reinforcing motion that eventually sent the bridge crashing into the Strait of Puget Sound.

 

Other concert works include "Moonrise," by Blake Tyson, which features mallet percussion instruments and "Shadow Chasers" by Eastman School of Music composer, Michael Burritt, which will feature marimba soloist Brandon Arvay, a doctoral student in UK Percussion Studies.

 

The concert will close with "Next Move," by Stockholm composer Anders Åstrand, which received its world premiere in September during "Living Landscapes," a week of collaborative programs and events that explored the people, lands and livelihoods of Inner Mongolia and Kentucky.

 

UK Percussion Ensemble is one of several ensembles housed at the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

For more information about the UK Percussion Ensemble or the upcoming fall concert, call 859-257-8187 or visit the ensemble's website online at www.uky.edu/FineArts/Music/ensembles/percussion/.

 

 

 

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

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