Percussion, Kiltie Wind Ensembles Perform
Two Alma College ensembles perform their annual spring concerts featuring a variety of music works and genres. Both concerts take place in the Remick Heritage Center.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
Percussion Studio Seniors Take the Baton
The Percussion Ensemble performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14 with a program that contains a variety of works by composers ranging from Richard Trythall to rap artist 50 Cent.
Members of the 2011 Percussion Ensemble.
“All of the pieces performed in the first half of the concert will be rehearsed and conducted by Dave Fair, Jake Castillo, Mitch Herbert and Trevor Kline,” says David Zerbe, director of bands and percussion studies. “In the second half, the steel drum band will perform an arrangement by Alma College junior Malcolm Cottle of rap artist 50 Cent’s tune, ‘P.I.M.P.’”
While the percussion ensemble’s spring concert generally showcases works by music majors, Cottle’s performance is the “first arrangement penned by a music minor,” says Zerbe.
Kiltie Wind Ensemble Performs Literature-inspired Works
The Kiltie Wind Ensemble performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The program will include “Eternal Father Strong to Save” by Claude T. Smith, “Hymn to a Blue Hour” and “Aurora Awakes” by John Mackey, and a Latin dance song titled “Danzas Cubanas” by Robert Sheldon.
“'Aurora Awakes' will close out the concert and is one of my favorite pieces in the literature being performed,” says Zerbe. “The piece begins very calmly and develops into an explosion of energy and brilliance. It will be stunning ending to the concert.”
Alma College’s Wind and Percussion Consorts will join the Kiltie Wind Ensemble to perform David Maslanka’s “Give Us This Day.”
“The two-movement piece was inspired by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s book titled For a Future to be Possible,” says Zerbe. “The premise of this book is that only when we become deeply connected and mindful of whom we really are as individuals, will we, as a species, have the capacity to provide our planet with a sustainable future.”
“Much of the concert is very contemporary and yet highly engaging from an audience standpoint,” says Zerbe. “Audience members will enjoy a wide range of musical colors and emotions.”
Posted: Fri, April 6th, 2012 at 11:52AM