The Department of Music will present the A-State Percussion Ensemble in their spring concert on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall. The ensemble is under the direction of Craig Collison, associate professor of percussion. This recital is free and open to the public.
The concert will begin with a performance of “Pulse,” a fast moving marimba quartet composed by Vince Wallace. This will be followed by a performance of “Headtalk” by Mark Ford. “Head Talk” is performed by five percussionists sitting in a semi-circle performing on pre-tuned drumheads. There is theatrical interaction between the players as one player decides to leave the written score and take the piece in his own direction. Come watch as drumheads are tossed toss back and forth between performers.
Alex Washam will perform a marimba and snare drum solo on a composition by Ivan Trevino entitled “Flow.”
The entire ensemble wraps up the concert by performing the sound track to a silent movie, “Waiting on Millie.” Professor Neil Rutland composed the percussion soundtrack to the movie, which was produced by the Digital Filmmaking Department of Eastern New Mexico University. The music score is complete with slapstick type sound effects to enhance the video. Neil Rutland is the Chair of Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking and professor of percussion at East New Mexico at Portales, N. M.
For more information about this concert or any other A-State music event, one may contact the Music Department at (870) 972-2094.