CONCORDIA PRESENTS DAY OF PERCUSSION

The Concordia College Department of Music and Musical Organizations will present the 24th annual Day of Percussion beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in Memorial Auditorium. Featured guests include Chester Thompson, John Pennington and Kyle Maxwell-Doherty. The day’s activities include clinics and performances and concludes with a Concordia Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Choir concert at 4 p.m.

Thompson, a drum set artist, has influenced more than three decades of music and musicians from Frank Zappa to Phil Collins and singer Rebecca St. James. He will perform in the early afternoon with the Concordia Jazz Ensemble I before presenting his drum set clinic.

Pennington, from Augustana College, is an educator, composer, performer, author, producer and conductor. Interested in world music, his extensive studies have included experience in African, Middle Eastern, Indonesian, Cuban and Indian musical traditions. He will demonstrate frame-drumming techniques that morning prior to directing the Augustana Keyboard Ensemble performance. 

Maxwell-Doherty is a freelance percussionist and dance musician from New York City. A Concordia graduate, he will present new ideas for sight-reading snare drum selections in his morning clinic. His afternoon performance includes pieces for solo percussionist and electronic media.

The concert at 4 p.m. includes the regional premieres of several pieces. The concert and all activities and performances throughout the day are free and open to the public.

 

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