Percussion Concert Features Keyboard-style Instruments: March 2014

There's more to percussion instruments than just drums. Members of the UA Student Percussion Studio will feature keyboard-style instruments during their Tuesday concert at the Arizona Senior Academy. Photo courtesy of the Percussion Studio

There’s more to percussion instruments than just drums. Members of the UA Student Percussion Studio will feature keyboard-style instruments during their Tuesday concert at the Arizona Senior Academy.
Photo courtesy of the Percussion Studio

Norman Weinberg, UA Professor of Music and director of Percussion Studies, will bring members of the student Percussion Studio to the Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 4) 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 and are expected again in April in the form of a steel band.

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.

Tuesday’s concert features a variety of music primarily performed on keyboard-style percussion instruments. Trevor Barroero, the winner of both the UA School of Music and The Tucson Symphony Concerto Competitions, will play an exciting marimba piece by French composer Emmanuel Séjourné, while Eric and Scott Jackson will perform the jazzy vibraphone pieces “Blues for Gilbert” and “Bee et Lila.”

Danny Barsetti-Nerland will perform the contemplative marimba work, “Momento.” Chris Billings will be demonstrating some of the more contemporary sounds that can be produced with the snare drum while explaining the differences between the current American style of performance and the new French literature for this simple yet expressive instrument. Pushing the envelope will be Liz Soflin performing “The Authors” by Stuart Saunder Smith.

Weinberg has held several positions as timpanist and currently plays percussion with both the Tucson Symphony and the Arizona Opera. 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.

Submitted by Wayne Magee, Academy Village Volunteer

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