Mallet Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble I to perform April 21

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Mallet Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble I will present their final concert of the year at 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, in Esber Recital Hall. Featuring student soloists and conductors as well as clarinet professor Anthony Costa, the program includes pieces written for these media as well as arrangements and transcriptions of orchestral repertoire for percussion. The ensembles are directed by percussion professor Dan C. Armstrong. Admission is free.

This concert is also available through live streaming video at CW Studios.

Mallet Ensemble

"Danse Lithuanienne" (from "Mlada") -- Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arranged by Peter Tanner

"Sculpture in Wood" -- Rudiger Pawassar

from "Serenade for String Orchestra" -- Dag Wiren, arranged by Dan C. Armstrong

    "Andante espressivo" (Dan Shevock, vibraphone)

"Spiritual Dances" -- David R. Gillingham (with Anthony Costa, clarinet)

    Chariot Dance
    Spirit Dance

"Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum" -- Claude Debussy, arranged by Michael A. Hernandez

Percussion Ensemble I

Ceremonial, Op. 103 -- Paul Creston

"Winter" (from "The Four Seasons") -- Antonio Vivaldi, arranged by Brian Slawson (with James Rivera, marimba)

"Powder Puff" -- Harry Breuer (with Kyle Haust, xylophone)

"Gainsborough" -- Tom Gauger (Jaren Angud, conductor)

    Slow, hesitant

The Mallet Ensemble performs music either written for or arranged for mallet-played keyboard percussion instruments and consists of three to eight players. Literature ranges from transcribed orchestral and chamber music to contemporary compositions written specifically for mallet ensemble. Enrollment is by audition with the conductor.

Percussion Ensembles I and II perform a variety of music written for four to 12 players, including contemporary music written for percussion as well as arrangements. Instrumentation includes all types of percussion, from familiar drums and cymbals to exotic items from around the world. Through participation, students learn the art of ensemble performing and augment their understanding of the role of percussion within the discipline of music. They also learn the skills of organization and cooperation through rehearsal and performance. The ensembles have appeared frequently at Music Educators National Conference and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conferences. Enrollment is by audition with the conductor.

Last Updated April 21, 2014