FSU Percussion Ensemble to Present Spring Concert
The Frostburg State University Percussion Ensemble will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. The concert, under the direction of Dr. Ronald Horner, is free and open to the public.
The concert will begin with a composition that is a homage to the drum set artistry of Peter Criss of the legendary rock band Kiss. Composer Scott Harding was inspired to create the selection, titled “Criss,” by what he described as the “solid timing, intricate rhythms and animalistic, Krupa-esque pounding of the skins” demonstrated by the work’s namesake.
The next selection, “Crosswalk,” was premiered at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Composer David Reeves states that “Crosswalk” implies “somewhat of an unusual gait to the overall rhythmic structure of the music.” Originally written for the Center Grove Percussion Ensemble, it features eight performers with a pitched instrument and four non-pitched surfaces.
The first half will conclude with “Stubernic,” a composition that exploits the limits of the marimba as well as the limits of the performers. Composer Mark Ford dedicated this work to his friends, Stefan and Mary K. Stuber, who went to Guatemala and Nicaragua for a year for humanitarian purposes.
The concert will continue with “Percussion Music,” a selection created for the University of Illinois Percussion Ensemble by noted American composer Michael Colgrass.
This piece will be followed by “Adagietto” from “Symphony No. 5” by Gustav Mahler. Originally composed as a love song to his wife Alma, the love and angst of their relationship are captured in an arrangement by Jeffrey Grubbs.
The concert will conclude with time on the beach. “El Caribe,” by Lalo Davila, inspires visions of time spent under a palm tree with ocean breezes carrying away the concerns of the day.
For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg