The Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Coulter Building recital hall.
The ensemble performs music specifically composed or arranged for percussion instruments, including drums, cymbals, timpani, xylophones, marimbas and bells. This year’s group includes 11 WCU music majors who study with Mario Gaetano, professor in WCU’s School of Music.
The student musicians are Daniel Myers, Jayna Stachurski, Travis Moore, Levi Marenda, Dylan Teabo, Zach Shatley, Logan Jayne, Aaron Brown, Dalton Pope, Casey Case and Christian Bruce.
The program will feature the following works: “Two Ritimacas” by Cuban composer Amadeo Roldan; “Symphony for Six” by Robert Russell and “Portico” by Thomas Gauger, both of which are works by American composers that have become important staples of the percussion ensemble repertoire; and “Marimba Spiritual” by Japanese composer Minoru Miki, a concerto-type piece for solo marimba and three percussionists, with Gaetano performing the solo marimba part accompanied by three students.
The program also will include a marimba duet, “Wooden Music” by Rich O’Meara, performed by Marenda and Myers.
For more information, contact Gaetano at 828-227-3263.