Feel the Rhythm at the Percussion Ensemble Concert

Published: November 15, 2016 | Author: Lola Taylor | Read Time: 2 minutes

Percussion EnsembleThe Southern Utah University (SUU) Percussion Ensemble presents its fall concert on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Thorley Recital Hall. Admission is free and the performance is open to the public.

The SUU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Lynn Vartan, Director of Percussion at SUU, perform historically significant works for percussion, contemporary percussion literature, novelty percussion and traditional non-western percussion music. The ensemble is comprised of both music majors and non-majors and welcomes students with a variety of experience.

Marissa Brown, a senior Bachelor of Music major who is graduating in the spring, said, “The hardest part of preparing for this concert has been the responsibility! Dr. Vartan let the upperclassman coach some of the songs this year, so we got to be in charge. It was fun stepping into the leadership role, but gave it a new feeling rather than just ‘doing my part.’”

Music for this program includes some exciting and challenging percussion compositions. Stool Pigeon by Julia Davila is an exciting piece played entirely on bar stools. Rocket Summer by Dan Moore is a great play on Martian science fiction movie scores. The tour de force of the evening’s program will be Pyroclastic Steam by Dave Hall.

Dr. Vartan said, “Pyroclastic Steam is really cool and big and ambitious!” She is very excited to have her Percussion Ensemble perform such a challenging piece.

Lindsey Maxwell, a freshman Music Education major, is performing with the Percussion Ensemble for the first time in the fall concert. She said, “I am amazed at how good it sounds when we get all the way through without stopping. It’s nice to play with everyone in the group! All the percussionists are so much fun!”

When asked why the community should come to the Percussion Ensemble concert, Marissa Brown said, “You don't have to be a musician to enjoy percussion music. Anyone that has a heartbeat will enjoy rhythm and drumming. Sit back and enjoy one of the most primal music forms that has only grown more exciting over time. I hope to see you there!”

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