Sundays at Three Series Continues with ‘Percussion and Strings’

by News Bureau on Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 9, 2012 – The Chamber Music Sundays at Three series will continue its 2011-2012 season with “Percussion and Strings” at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Shane Mizicko (percussion), Southeast associate professor of music, joins Brandon Christensen (violin), Southeast assistant professor of music, for this unexpectedly delightful combination of percussion and string music.

The program will open with a transcription for solo marimba of two movements from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor.” The second work, “Sweet Dreams, Elizabeth Lee” by Gabriel Musella, is a lullaby for percussion ensemble and cello and will be performed by the Southeast Percussion Ensemble and student cellist Chris Skyles.

They also will perform “Legal Highs” by David Jones, a duet for violin and marimba, and “Largo” from the “New World Symphony” arranged for eight marimbas and string bass. Also on the program is “Minus Nine” by David Madeira, which combines the echoing sounds of vibraphone, three marimbas and a traditional string quartet to create a unique and memorable musical experience. The program will conclude with “Lex” by Michael Daugherty, which is a dynamic and forceful work for electric violin soloist, percussion ensemble, synthesizer and electric bass.

Mizicko is the director of Percussion Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. Before joining the faculty at Southeast in 2005, he was instructor of Percussion Studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, from 2000 until 2005. As a percussionist and a composer, Mizicko specializes in contemporary chamber music. Compositions by Mizicko are published by HoneyRock Publishing in Everett, Penn. and Mesa Music Publishing in Liege, Belgium.

Christensen completed a doctor of musical arts degree from Stony-Brook University in New York in December 2002, where he studied violin with Mitchell Stern and Baroque performance practice with harpsichordist Arthur Haas. He joined the faculty of Southeast Missouri State University in the fall of 2002. Before moving to Missouri, Christensen was a visiting professor of violin and viola at Dickinson College, and a member of the artist-faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States as a former member of the West-End Chamber Ensemble, and was a chamber music fellow at the Banff summer festival as a member of the Stony-Brook graduate piano trio.

He maintains a vigorous concert schedule and in recent seasons he has performed regularly throughout the region, as well as in Italy, Finland and China. In addition to his teaching duties at Southeast he maintains active private studios in both Cape Girardeau and St. Louis. He is the founder and artistic of the “Chamber Music Sundays at Three” concert series.

Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. More information on the series is available at www.chambermusicsundays.com.