Percussion Ensemble Performs Homecoming Concert
The Alma College Percussion Ensemble will perform its annual
homecoming concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 in the Remick Heritage
The program will feature a rich variety of jazz music, including “Take 5” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Piano Prelude #2 by George Gershwin, “Dancing Men” by the Buddy Rich Big Band, and “Gathering Sky” by Pat Metheny.
“No two pieces are alike, and there’s a real flow to the show,” says faculty director Dave Zerbe. “It’s a very polished performance.”
are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and free for Alma College
staff, students, and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call
(989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The hour-long concert is an encore presentation of the ensemble’s 2008 Detroit International Jazz Festival performance over Labor Day weekend. Terri Pontremoli, executive director of the festival, invited Alma’s percussion ensemble to perform after receiving a rave recommendation from internationally renowned bassist John Clayton. About the ensemble’s 2006 performance at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Clayton said, “I’m speechless. This is beyond gorgeous…a fantastic performance.”
The current Alma College Percussion ensemble continues to display the excellent quality musicianship that has earned them praise in the past, says Zerbe.
“The students play with the highest level of professionalism and musical intuition,” he says. ”They are hard working and dedicated to their art.”
Many of the ensemble’s 30 members will showcase their talent as soloists in the concert.
Posted: Wed, September 10th, 2008 at 1:08PM