Feel the Rhythm at SUU Percussion Ensemble Concert

Southern Utah University Percussion Ensemble, photo undated | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — The Southern Utah University Percussion Ensemble presents its fall concert on Monday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall. Admission is free and the performance is open to the public.

The SUU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Lynn Vartan, director of Percussion at SUU, performs historically significant works for percussion, contemporary percussion literature, novelty percussion, and traditional non-western percussion music. The ensemble is comprised of both music majors and non-majors and welcomes students with a variety of experience.

“The hardest part of preparing for this concert has been the responsibility. Dr. Vartan let the upperclassman coach some of the songs this year, so we got to be in charge,” Marissa Brown, a senior Bachelor of Music major who is graduating in the spring, said. “It was fun stepping into the leadership role, but gave it a new feeling rather than just ‘doing my part.’”

Music for this program includes some exciting and challenging percussion compositions. “Stool Pigeon” by Julia Davila is an exciting piece played entirely on bar stools. “Rocket Summer” by Dan Moore is a great play on Martian science fiction movie scores. The tour de force of the evening’s program will be “Pyroclastic Steam” by Dave Hall.

Lindsey Maxwell, a freshman Music Education major, is performing with the Percussion Ensemble for the first time in the fall concert.

“I am amazed at how good it sounds when we get all the way through without stopping,” Maxwell said. “It’s nice to play with everyone in the group. All the percussionists are so much fun.”

Everyone is invited to attend this exciting concert.

“You don’t have to be a musician to enjoy percussion music,” Brown said. “Anyone that has a heartbeat will enjoy rhythm and drumming. Sit back and enjoy one of the most primal music forms that has only grown more exciting over time. I hope to see you there.”

Event details

  • What: The Southern Utah University Percussion Ensemble presents its fall concert.
  • When: Monday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Thorley Recital Hall on the SUU Campus, 351 W. University Blvd., Cedar City.
  • Cost: Free.
  • For more information, visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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2 Comments

  • .... November 20, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    This is a wonderful way to spend time with friends and loved ones

    • Bob November 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Amen to that, Brother Dump. a wonderful way indeed.

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