The IUP Percussion Ensemble, directed by Michael Kingan, will perform its final concert of the semester on Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Fisher Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
Always a popular event, the IUP Percussion Ensemble moves from its normal venue of Gorell Recital Hall to Fisher Auditorium every other spring to take advantage of the special lighting, staging, and sound system Fisher has to offer. David Surtasky, technical director of Fisher Auditorium, will serve as a collaborator for this performance.
Those in attendance will enjoy nine musically and visually interesting compositions, full of variety, featuring the group’s normal large ensemble and chamber pieces. The IUP Steel Band will also perform, as will the Brazilian Samba Line.
The concert will close with the debut performance of the new IUP Indoor Drumline Project (percussion ensemble plus marching band percussion instruments). The primal piece is titled “Rakshasa” and was composed by alumnus Dustin Lowes as a small chamber piece. The original adaptation for Indoor Drumline was created by Chad Heiny with drill design and visual elements choreographed by Jesse Sieff, both also IUP alumni. The performance is accompanied by an audio recording synchronized with the live performers.
Previously this semester, IUP Percussion Ensemble toured Pennsylvania visiting six high schools hosted by IUP alumni who are prospering in teaching positions: Cambria Heights HS and MS in Patton (Megan Hall, BS Ed 2012), St. Mary’s HS (Tiffany Gump, BS Ed 2009), Central Columbia HS in Bloomsburg (Kevin Haile, BS Ed 2008), Lehigh Valley Charter School of the Arts in Bethlehem (Matt Wells, BS Ed 2006), Arch Bishop John Carroll HS in the Radnor section of Philadelphia (Zachary Larimer, BFA 2004, and Mt. Lebanon HS (Jeremy DeLuca, BS Ed 2008).
Department of Music