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Percussion Ensemble

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:00pm
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:00pm

Earl V. Moore Building, Hankinson Rehearsal Hall


“Lou Harrison at 100: American Musical Maverick”

Joseph Gramley, director
Featuring the Bowling Green State University Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Dan Piccolo, director

The works that the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble will be performing on these two concerts have a special excitement that comes from their having all been created by composers who made a life in music, and searched for a compositional identity, within and outside countries both their own and foreign. By doing so, they forged a ‘hybridity of identity.'  Most notable of these is Lou Harrison who would have turned 100 years old this year. He was a true 'American Musical Maverick.' The Percussion Ensemble will feature a large cross section of Harrison's works on two back-to-back evening shows. Some of the compositions are less academic and intellectually abstract than others, some are more so. And yet, even though our December performances will focus on both “canonic” and “newer” composers, almost all of them have looked both inside and over the boundaries of their own places of residence toward rhythms and techniques from the other Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Africa—which they then married to their own ‘new’ traditions. There is a strong element of ‘tradition and innovation’ throughout all of these works.

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower