FSU’s Department of Music to Present Percussion Ensemble
The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the Percussion Ensemble in its fall concert on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. The recital is free and open to the public.
The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Mackenzie Jacob LaMont, will perform Anthony J. Cirone’s “Triptych” for percussion quartet; the classic progressive rock album, “In the Court of the Crimson King,” by the legendary rock group King Crimson; and the modern classic, “Stained Glass,” by David R. Gillingham.
Cirone composed “Triptych,” a 15-minute work in three diverse movements, in 1971. He is professor of music and chair of the Percussion Department at Indiana University in Bloomington, executive editor of percussion publications through Meredith Music Publications and a clinician for several companies. Cirone has over 70 published titles, including textbooks, three symphonies for percussion, four sonatas, a string quartet and seven works for orchestra. Some of his most lasting contributions to the world of percussion are his many educational method books.
King Crimson celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the band’s debut album will turn 50 in 2019. To celebrate this extremely influential group, the Percussion Ensemble will perform all five pieces from “In the Court of the Crimson King” (subtitled “An Observation by King Crimson”). The album is one of the first and most influential of the progressive rock genre, where the band largely departed from the blues influences upon which rock music was founded and combined elements of jazz, classical and symphonic music.
“Stained Glass,” written in 1990 by contemporary composer Gillingham, was inspired by the beauty and color of stained glass. The first movement, “Foyers,” refers to the many variations of stained glass found in the entrances of dwellings. The second movement, “Cathedrals,” seeks to create the mysteriousness and grandeur of the many great cathedrals of the world. The final movement, “Sun Catchers,” begins joyously and was inspired by the radiant colors reflected by a variety of multicolored sun catchers.
The Percussion Ensemble consists of Blaine Becker, Deandre Cook, Holden DeMartino, Anthony Fasci, Christopher Hess, Cheyenne Jeffries, Kamonte Johnson, Nathan Kopit, Preston Leshinskie, Hanna Livingston, Andrew McEwen and Reiss Mikula. For this performance, they will be joined by guest students Ryan Barber and Garrett Spence.
For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Thursday, November 15 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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