Southeast Percussion Ensemble Presenting Concert Oct. 30

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The Southeast Missouri State University Percussion Ensemble will perform with the University Choir and the 2007 Golden Eagles Drum Line Oct. 30 at Southeast’s River Campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 15, 2007 — The Southeast Missouri State University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Shane Mizicko, will perform with the University Choir, directed by Steve Hendricks, and the 2007 Golden Eagles Drum Line, both as special guests at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus.

This performance will feature “4/4 for Four,” a percussion quartet with traditional percussion instrumentation playing various types of drums by Anthony Cirone; and “Momentum,” a percussion octet by William Kraft.  This is a five-minute high energy, rhythmically complex, 20th century work. It uses more than 35 percussion instruments, from the traditional orchestral snare drum and xylophone to the “home-made” brake drums and iron pipes.

The concert also will feature “Winter Sun” by John Burge along with the University Choir, directed by Steve Hendricks, the SATB Choir and Percussion Quintet.  This is a beautiful choir work accompanied by two sets of chimes, two vibraphones, two sets of concert bells and timpani.

The Percussion Ensemble also will play “Dichotomy,” a percussion Octet for four mallet players and four multi-percussionists by Cirone. The Ensemble also will perform “Sonata Ico,” a percussion Sextet for six marimba players by Michael Adams. Composed in a pseudo-Classical style, the marimba is a close relative to the crisp and brittle orchestral xylophone. However, the marimba can also be fairly crisp, but is also capable of producing a very warm and sustaining tone.

The concert also will feature a performance of “African Welcome Piece,” another five-minute, high-energy, percussion ensemble work for 12 percussionists and chorus by Michael Udow. This piece explores three African derived rhythms though it is performed on traditional orchestral percussion instruments.

The 2007 Golden Eagles Drum Line includes more than 25 members of the Golden Eagles Marching Band, performing on snare drum, multi-toms, bass drums, cymbals, and the front ensemble, a combination of mallet and other percussion instruments. They will be performing various drills as well as parts of the 2007 show music.

For Southeast Percussion Ensemble tickets, call the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265 or go online to metrotix.com, keyword “Percussion.”