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ISU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Collier and Dr. Ben Stiers, will present their spring concert, titled Wood and Metal, in the Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Illinois State University.
This concert by the ISU Percussion Ensemble illuminates the sonic possibilities created by combining a myriad of percussion instruments. The “wooden” portion of our program will open with Knocking on Wood by Tyler Eschendal.
Inspired by the works of Steve Reich, the ensemble will present the world premier of With All Your Might by ISU percussionist Michael Suau. This intriguing work has layers of rhythmic counterpoint as it combines woods and metals.
At the center of the concert is Giantess Ella by Carl Schimmel, professor of composition at Illinois State University. This work for four percussionists capitalizes on the “wood and metal” theme by using two vibraphones and two marimbas. Giantess Ella is a mallet quartet that uses tessellation of the chromatic scale to weave a sprawling tale of three characters, each of which is represented by a unique musical motive that recurs throughout the work.
DisArchitecture by composer Dave Hall combines an array of metallic and wooden instruments in this quartet based loosely on the “deconstructionst” architecture of Frank Gehry.
The ISU Percussion Ensemble will conclude with David Maslanka’s Crown of Thorns. This full ensemble is mallet percussion exploring the possibilities of combined pitched wood and metal percussive sounds.
Tickets are available at the CPA Box office.
For additional information contact Dr. David Collier (309)438-8022