Percussion Group Cincinnati
May 16, 2011
From staff reports
The Ohio University Percussion Ensemble and Visiting Artists Percussion Group Cincinnati will present an exciting concert of music for percussion ensemble in Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
The concert will include a wide variety of percussion music that features drums, mallet percussion, the work of John Cage, and music influenced by the traditions of Chile and Zimbabwe. The two ensembles will collaborate on Frederic Rzewski’s groundbreaking piece "Les Moutons de Panurge."
Percussion Group Cincinnati was founded in 1979 and consists of members Allen Otte, James Culley and Russell Burge, all of whom are faculty members and ensemble-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Appearances in their national and international touring schedule have included the major cities, festivals, concert halls and schools of America, Europe and Asia. The group’s work appears on various CDs, including their own ars moderno label; they are currently at work on their contribution to the series of Mode Records’ integrated set of the complete music of John Cage and on a thirty-year retrospective multi-disc set including performances from the group’s entire history.
The Ohio University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Professor Roger Braun and graduate students Jessica Jones and Bradley Robinson, performs a wide variety of innovative and influential music composed for percussion instruments. Performances by the ensemble have been featured at national and international conventions as well as schools and universities throughout the region. The ensemble also received excellent international reviews for its performances of Tan Dun’s "Elegy: Snow in June" and Lou Harrison’s "Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra" recorded on the CD "Sticks and Stones: Music for Percussion and Strings," released on Equilibrium Records.
The concert is free and open to the public.