FSU Student Cheyenne Jeffries to Present Junior Percussion Recital
Frostburg State University student Cheyenne Jeffries will present her junior percussion recital on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. She will be accompanied on one number by percussionist Hunter Diehl. The recital is free and open to the public.
Jeffries’ program will include “Marimba Dances” by Ross Edwards, “Skyhook” and “Mid-range J” from “Five on 5” by Adam Hopper, “Shh …” by Benjamin Fraley, “Rockin’ Pauken” by Darin Kamstra, “Strive to Be Happy” by Ivan Trevino and “Nice Work if You Can Get It” from “Damsel in Distress” by George Gershwin.
The light-hearted “Marimba Dances” by Australian composer Edwards is one of the most popular and frequently played pieces for solo marimba in the international repertoire.
“Five on 5,” a collection for snare drum and electronic accompaniment, was written by Hopper, an active American percussion educator, composer and performer.
“Shh ...” was written by Fraley while he was struggling with long bouts of insomnia. This duet uses a small, tight-knit setup consisting of bongos, congas and toms.
In “Rockin’ Pauken,” Kamstra explores a variety of timbres and rhythms on timpani that emulate the sound of rock drum set and bass. The words in the title are a play on the near rhyme between the slang rockin’ and the German term for timpani – Pauken.
“Strive to Be Happy” is a simple, pretty marimba solo dedicated to Aaron Staebell, one of Trevino’s favorite musical collaborators.
“Nice Work If You Can Get It,” published in 1937, is a popular song and jazz standard. It was one of nine songs Gershwin wrote for the movie “A Damsel in Distress,” in which it was performed by Fred Astaire.
At FSU, Jeffries studies percussion under Dr. Mackenzie LaMont and Gary Phillips. She has been on the Dean’s List and is a winner of the Allegany County Opportunity Scholarship, MacVeigh Scholarship and Operating Engineers Scholarship. Jeffries anticipates graduating in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in music management and a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in finance. Her career goal is to become a financial planner as well as a business manager of music. Jeffries is a graduate of Mountain Ridge High School. She is the daughter of Russell Jeffries of Lonaconing and Janet and Randy Slayton of Frostburg.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Sunday, October 21 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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