Percussion Ensemble Celebrates Nature with ‘Arcadia II’
The Alma College Percussion Ensemble will perform a full-length concerto by U.S. composer David Maslanka that is described as “stunning," "moving” and “playful” — and extremely difficult to play — during its annual fall concert.
The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The Maslanka composition, titled “Arcadia II: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble,” is a 35-minute work divided into three movements.
“It is very difficult to play, but it also is a very interesting piece
that is really stunning and moving,” says faculty director David Zerbe.
“Maslanka calls it a ‘musical prayer for the well being of the earth.’”
The various movements of “Arcadia II” include a variety of nature sounds representing fireflies, birdcalls, the rustling of small animals and the flow of water. The second movement features a marimba solo, which will be performed by Hudsonville senior Mark DeMull.
The ensemble also will perform “Ku-Ka-Ilimoku,” a work by Christopher Rouse based on ancient Hawaiian war mongering, and “Sunset Glow” by Dave Samuels.
The second half of the program will feature a variety of jazz and steel drum works, including “My Heart Stood Still” by Oscar Peterson, “Got a Match” by Chick Corea, “Letter from Home” by Pat Metheny, “The Blues Walk” by Clifford Brown, “Liam/Rain Dance” by the Yellowjackets and “The Gathering Sky” by Metheny and Lyle Mays.
Since its establishment in 1989, the 30-member Percussion Ensemble has increased in size and prestige. Last summer, the group performed at the prestigious Centrum Jazz Festival at Port Townsend, Wash. — the only college ensemble ever invited to perform on the main stage.
Posted: Fri, November 9th, 2007 at 2:51PM