Arts & Culture

UK Percussion Ensemble Presents Spring Concert April 10

This Sunday's spring concert is free and open to the public.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of James Campbell, will present their Spring Concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Recital Hall of the Singletary Center for the Arts.

The concert will feature Paul Deatherage as drumset soloist for Jamie Whitmarsh’s “Concerto for Drumset." Deatherage is instructor for drum set at UK, percussion instructor at Centre College and is also on percussion staff for Lafayette High School. He has an active career as a freelance drummer and currently holds the drum set chair for the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra, the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, the Raleigh Dailey Trio, the Walnut Street Ramblers, and the Ross Whitaker Trio.

The concert also includes recent works by Alexis Lamb, Katahj Copley, Eric Sammutt, and a classic work from 1972, “A Whispering…” by William Duckworth.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of James Campbell, the UK Percussion Ensemble has won the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Contest five times. They have also performed at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, The Bands of America Percussion Ensemble Festival, and alongside international guest artists such as Robin Engelman, Glenn Kotche, Steve Houghton, John Bergamo, Michael Burritt, Bob Becker, William Cahn, Michael Spiro, Chalo Eduardo, Ney Rosauro, Liam Teague, Dick Schory, Anders Åstrand, Richie Garcia, Dave Samuels, Danny Gottlieb, Glenn Velez, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro, Jerry Steinholtz, David Johnson, Rich Holly, Dean Gronemeier, Fred Sanford, Thomas Burritt, John Parks, J.B. Smith, N. Scott Robinson, Andy Harnsberger and many others.

UK Percussion Ensemble is one of several ensembles housed at the School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. For over 100 years, the school has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, theory and music history.

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