Baylor Percussion Group in Concert

October 29, 2018
The Baylor Percussion Group will present its inaugural concert of the 2018-2019 season on Sunday, November 4, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, which is located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The BPG is a fourteen-member ensemble of student performers, directed by Todd Meehan, Associate Professor of Percussion and Chair of the Instrumental Studies Division, and Chris Sies, Adjunct Lecturer in Percussion.
This program is a preview performance of the BPG’s 2018 concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention on November 16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Opening the Baylor concert will be Edgard Varèse’s milestone composition from 1933, Ionisation for thirteen percussionists.
Then the Baylor Percussion Group will play Nine Numbers 6 by composer Jason Treuting of So Percussion.
Also to be heard is American composer Annika Socolofsky’s The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: Ambedo from 2018 for percussion quartet playing one vibraphone and one marimba. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a website and YouTube channel, created by John Koenig in 2006, that defines neologisms for emotions that do not have a descriptive term. His definition for “ambedo” is “a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details (raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee) briefly soaking in the experience of being alive, an act that is done purely for its own sake.”
Next, the Baylor Percussion Group will play Andrea Mazzariello’s Acoustobot from 2018 and Nina C. Young’s Etched in Sand from 2013 for percussion sextet.
The program will close with the first movement, “Homage to Nancarrow,” from Alejandro Viñao’s Estudios de Frontera from 2016. It is scored for five percussion players.
This Baylor Percussion Group concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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