Guest Artists Matthew Coley and Ronni Kot Wenzell to Perform at River Campus


by News Bureau on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 21, 2011 — Matthew Coley and Ronni Kot Wenzell, percussion, will perform as part of the Southeast Missouri State University Guest Artist and Faculty Recitals Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

Coley is a marimba, percussion and dulcimer artist that specializes in contemporary solo and chamber music and concert. He performs regularly as a soloist throughout the United States and Europe and frequently presents concerts and master classes at universities throughout the United States. He is passionate about the symbiosis of dance and music and often works with dancers and choreographers. He has collaborated with Co’Motion Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicago and Dance in the Parks. In 2004 he began his own collaboration group, SONIC INERTIA, a forum for the synthesis of dance, live music and electronic media. In addition to being a renowned marimba and percussion artist, Coley spends much of his musical time performing on dulcimer and cimbalom, along with other instrument oddities, including the four-octave bowed psaltery and glass xylophone.

Wenzell is widely active both nationally and internationally. In addition to performing on percussion, he has had a great interest in the piano since childhood. After working as a pianist in the culture house TROMMEN north of Copenhagen at the age of 15 and completing the conservatory’s piano exam with honors, Wenzell worked as head pianist at The Royal Danish Ballet School from 2003-2007. Due to increased international offers, Wenzell chose to stop at The Royal Danish Ballet and instead devote his time to being a freelance marimbist/percussionist. Since then he has been performing and touring in Europe, the United States and Asia as a soloist, in a duo and in an ensemble.

Tickets are Now on Sale.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at