Percussion Extravaganza is April 24

(04-19-2013)

students playing marimbas

The Adams State University Percussion Extravaganza will feature the ASU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction Angela Gabriel; the SLV Community Steel Band, and the ASU Rocky Mountain Pan Handlers, directed by Josh Wohlrabe. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Richardson Hall Auditorium.

The concert will feature new works for percussion ensemble by Owen Condon Clayton, Kevin Purrone and Casey Cangelosi as well as arrangements of traditional songs from Zimbabwe and Guatemala. Juan Francisco, a member of the ASU percussion ensemble and a native Guatemalan marimba player, will be directing "Lixa."

The ensemble will also play an 800 year-old Shona (Zimbabwe) mbira piece arranged for marimbas called "Nhemamusasa." The ensemble has created their own arrangements of two pieces, "Oblivion" by Astor Piazzolla, and Ian Anderson's take on J. S. Bach's "Bouree."

For more information call the Adams State Music Department at 719-587-7621.