Percussion Night

The Shepherd University Music Department will present a Percussion Ensemble and Gamelan concert on Sunday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Theater. The concert is free and open to the public.

The word "gamelan" comes from the Javanese word "gamel", meaning to strike or hammer, and the suffix "an", which makes the root a collective noun. A gamelan is a kind of musical ensemble of Indonesia typically featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums, and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings, and vocalists may also be included, but the term generally refers more to the set of instruments than the players of those instruments.

Led by Pratimawan Supartha, and assisted by Richard Hopkins, Shepherd University's Gamelan Ensemble, Gamelan Wrhatnala Gunung Blue Ridge, include Mike Wiltshire, Laura Snyder, Chad Crouse, Jessica Zucos, Sayo Yamaguchi, Francine Liem and John Jeffery. Works to be presented include Bhakti Marga Dance, composed and choreographed by I G.A. Ngurah Supartha, and featuring dancers Kencanawati Supartha, Elvi Soeprapto, Neni Soeprapto and Catur Sukesih; Sekar Witalit Dance, based on a fragment from the finest of Balinese dances "Legong Keraton" which evolved from a magic dance called Sanghyang Dedari, composed and choreographed by I G.A. Ngurah Supartha and featuring dancer Riena Amalia-Supartha; Tabu Gilak Baris Musical, and Tabuh Bima Kroda composed by I G.A. Ngurah Supartha

The Shepherd University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Michelle Humphries, will offer Highlife-by Phil Faini is based on the music of Ghana by the same name. Highlife music originated in the late 19th Century and has remained a popular dance music, spreading first to other African countries, then to the west; Clapping Music-a minimalist work featuring a technique of shifting patterns written in 1972 by Steve Reich; Ragtime Robin-written by the great xylophone virtuoso George Hamilton Green presented in an arrangement for marimba quartet and xylophone; Three Brothers by the distinguished 19th/20th Century composer Michael Colgrass consisting of nine players, three of them being "the brothers"-bongos, snare drum and timpani; Interlock, a work inspired by West African rhythmic procedures, scored for two snare drums; Gainsborough by Thomas Gauger-based on the works of the celebrated 18th century painter Thomas Gainsborough. Performers include Kate Boyle, Rudy Bzdyk, Ryan Clark, Blaine Gibson, Michael Kincaid, Joseph Moucheron, Heather Nowell and Christina Oliver.

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