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Frostburg State University’s Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Ronald Horner, will present its Fall Concert on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will begin with “Alarm!” by Brian Blume, which evokes memories of the movie “Drumline.” Some of the ensemble’s newer members are featured on “Mosaics for Percussion Ensembles” by composer Eliot del Borgo. This selection explores the sound potential of drums, assorted idiophones and melodic percussion instruments through a series of contrasting sections. The first half of the concert will conclude with “Stubernic” by Mark Ford. This composition exploits the limits of the marimba and is a dedication to Ford’s college friends Stefan and Mary K. Stuber, who spent a year in Nicaragua and Guatemala offering humanitarian aid.
The concert will continue with a piece by Nathan Daughtrey, “Edge of the World,” which was inspired by the poem and watercolor print “True Things” by Brian Andreas. The ensemble will also perform the nine-minute piece “Axiom” by Eric Thomas Rath. Rath originally conceived this piece for advanced players to create the feel and energy of a much larger ensemble.
The concert will conclude with “Tribute to Mangione.” This selection will include a medley of the legendary flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione and will include his most well-known hits “Feels So Good,” “Children of Sanchez,” “Bellavia” and “Land of Make Believe.”
For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.