Third Coast Percussion Is Next on the Distinguished Artist Series

December 12, 2018
Third Coast Percussion, a Grammy Award-winning, artist-run quartet of classically trained percussionists from Chicago, will present the next concert on Baylor University’s Distinguished Artist Series on Thursday, January 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
For over ten years, this group has forged a unique path in the musical landscape with virtuosic, energetic performances that celebrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of musical possibilities in the world of percussion. The members of Third Coast Percussion—David Skidmore, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and Sean Connors—are also brilliant teachers who serve as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Third Coast Percussion’s recordings include five full-length albums. In 2017, the ensemble won the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble performance for their recording of Steve Reich’s works for percussion.
Their Baylor concert, entitled “Lyrical Geometry,” opens with the “Niagara” movement from Paddle to the Sea, which the group wrote in 2016 for live performance with a 1966 film of that name. That will be followed by member Peter Martin’s BEND from 2016 and then the second movement, “Prayer,” from Resounding Earth, composed in 2012 by Augusta Read Thomas. Also to be heard are Perfectly Voiceless by Devonté Hynes from 2018, Aphasia from 2010 by Mark Applebaum, and Ordering-instincts from 2014 by member Robert Dillon. The group’s own arrangement of “Amazon River” from Aguas da Amazonia by Philip Glass comes next, and the concert will close with two movements from Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities, which member David Skidmore wrote in 2016.
Tickets for this Distinguished Artist Series concert are available online through the Baylor University box office at, or in person at the Bill Daniel Student Center. The telephone number is 254-710-3210. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets for students, senior citizens, and Baylor faculty and staff are $10.
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