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Percussion Ensemble to perform innovative, influential music Tuesday

School of Music group presents works by composer Steve Reich


The Ohio University Percussion Ensemble is gearing up to excite audience members at their quarterly concert with the musical stylings of minimalist composer Steve Reich.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the School of Music Recital Hall, located in Robert Glidden Hall room 400.

The 19 member group, made of percussion music majors, will show off the "complex and demanding, but enjoyable" works of "America's greatest living composer," said Roger Braun, director of percussion studies.

"Reich is very challenging," said Braun. "It is performed by the best in the world."

The ensemble will open with the high-pitched sound of bongo drums in part one of Reich's monumental Drumming from 1971. The show will also feature "Pendulum Music," a work that utilizes suspended, swinging microphones to generate a sound collage of amplifier feedback.

The ensemble will also include some of Reich's latest works, such as 2009's Mallet Quartet, which employs marimbas and vibraphones.

Although Reich has worked with a diverse array of musicians, from traditional singers to the orchestra, Braun said percussion ensemble is one of the instrumental mediums Reich explores most.

"(Reich) is important to music in general, especially percussion," Braun said. "He's been influential in today's pop music."