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Ethos Percussion Group Appearance Rescheduled at FSU
03/08/2001

The Ethos Percussion Group's performance at Frostburg State University has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall, due to inclement weather. Tickets issued for the originally scheduled March date will be honored. This concert is part of FSU's Cultural Events Series.

As part of the performance, FSU's Collegium Musicum will present "Missa Luba" in a special guest appearance. The "Missa Luba" is a Mass in Congolese (Zairean) style for mixed chorus with tenor solo and percussion accompaniment.

The Ethos Percussion Group uses instruments that range from drums from all over the globe to marimbas to Swiss cowbells to Brazilian scraped percussion, with Chinese opera gongs and plastic tubing thrown into the mix. Their repertoire is as eclectic as their instruments, and includes compositions in traditional, contemporary and global styles. With a decade of ensemble experience, the group has developed a distinctive sound that The Washington Post calls "spellbinding."

Dedicated to advancing the percussive arts on stage and in the classroom, the group has been much in demand around the country. Appearances include Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Individually, members Joseph Gramley, Eric Phinney, Yousif Sheronick and Michael Sgouros have performed or recorded with a variety of orchestras, including the American Symphony and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Students at the Juilliard School, the Berklee College of Music and the University of Maryland, among others, have benefited from the group's percussion expertise.

Ethos also sponsors the popular "Bing! Bang! Boom" educational program for children, and has received an educational residency grant at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. The ensemble's recordings include "Ethos Percussion Group" and "The Persistence of Past Chemistries." They have also recorded arrangements of works by Georges Bizet and Franz Liszt with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

In a review of the group's international debut at London's Wigmore Hall, England's Musical Opinion raved, "…in terms of programming, musicianship and technical ability, Ethos is a winner."

This performance is presented in association with the FSU Department of Music; Yamaha Corporation, Band & Orchestral Division; and authorized Yamaha Dealer Music & Arts Center, Inc., with local affiliate Kauffman Music.

A dinner theatre special in partnership with Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant is available before the performance. The special includes a five-course meal with tax and tip included. Transportation is available.

For information, reservations and menu selection for the dinner-theatre, contact the Lane Center Box Office at 301-687-4411, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the PAC box office one hour prior to curtain.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, 301-687-4201, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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