Percussion imageThere’s more to percussion than just drums. Members of the UA Student Percussion Studio will feature a wide range of instruments during their 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 10) concert at the Arizona Senior Academy.
In what is becoming a March tradition at the Senior Academy, Norman Weinberg, UA Professor of Music and director of Percussion Studies, will bring members of the Student Percussion Studio in a program entitled “Percussion Potpourri.”

The group gives many performances each year and often divides into smaller ensembles for specific occasions. Studio members have performed at the Arizona Senior Academy several times to the delight of the audiences.

Percussion Studies at The University of Arizona are designed to develop in the percussionist the highest possible level of musicianship and an appropriate competency in performance and teaching.

Norman Weinberg at his UA studio
Norman Weinberg at his UA studio

Tuesday’s concert features a variety of music primarily performed on different percussion instruments. Sean Rees will lead off with an exciting piece on vibraphone.  The Rosewood Marimba Band, consisting of five musicians on two marimbas and a xylophone, will follow with some rags.  Eric Sorensen will perform a solo marimba piece titled “Restless.”   Then, for a change of pace, Chris Wabich and Liz Soflin will perform on the Irish bodrhan.

The program will be rounded out by Sting’s “Roxanne” on the steel pan and a finale on surdo and pandeiro Brazilian drums.

Weinberg has held several positions as timpanist and currently plays percussion with the Tucson Symphony. He is widely published and a highly regarded composer and performer. He recently published a new album entitled “Quilt,” featuring electronic works composed by Weinberg and others.

His undergraduate degree was from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri at Kansas City, with the MM and DMA degrees from Indiana University.

Written by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer

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Percussion Music – It’s Not Just Drums: March 2015