Angelo State University's Day of Percussion
Angelo State University’s Percussion Studio will host its inaugural Day of Percussion, featuring student, faculty and guest performances, on Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Carr Education-Fine Arts (EFA) Building, 2602 Dena Drive.
Activities will run from 11 a.m. until about 3 p.m. in the EFA Building’s Eldon Black Recital Hall and are open free to the public. Special guest Peter Breithaupt will start things off with a masterclass in East African drumming at 11 a.m. That will be followed at noon by an ASU student recital that will feature Bradley Rawson, Adrian Ortega, Tony Aguilar, Dominic Rodriguez and Chris Rosas on snare drums playing a homage to composer Mitchell Peters, principal percussionist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Trent Shuey, ASU assistant director of bands, will perform at 12:30 p.m. His program will include “Interzones” by Bruce Hamilton, “Third Rail” by John Ling, and “Concerto for Marimba” by Ney Rosauro. In addition to his ASU duties, Shuey is an award-winning percussionist and composer who maintains an active career as an orchestral and jazz musician.
Breithaupt will then perform a solo recital at 1 p.m., featuring the traditional Shona mbira song “Nyamaropa,” “Fantasy on a Shona Theme” by Blenn Kotche, “I-Ching: The Gentle, The Penetrating” by Per Nørgård, the traditional Gogo song “Tumaini Ujuzi,” and “Simple Songs of Birth and Return: A Tale Begun and Two Shadows” by Nathan Davis. Breithaupt specializes in the Gogo music of Tanzania and Shona music of Zimbabwe.
The ASU Drumline will perform at 2 p.m., featuring “Lobo” and “Ram Boots” by Shuey, “Zero Gravity” by Daniel McCloud and “Electric Wheelchair” by Murray Gusseck.
The Day of Percussion will wrap up with a performance by the ASU Percussion Ensemble at 2:30 p.m. The program will include “Desert Celebration” by Matt Savage; “Morning Prayer” by Tomas Svoboda and “Chromatic Fox Trot” by George Hamilton Green, both featuring Rawson on xylophone; “Trio Per Uno” by Nebojsa Zivkovic; “Three by Three” by Donald Browne; and traditional Afro-Cuban beats.
The ASU Percussion Ensemble includes student performers Aguilar, Ortega, Rawson, Rosas, Rodriguez, Allison Thompson, Branden Batten, Kristen McKeown and Cassandra Crispin. It is directed by Shuey.