Percussion Ensemble and Mallet Ensemble to perform Oct. 15

October 08, 2014

The Penn State Mallet Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble I will perform their first concerts of the 2014-15 season at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Esber Recital Hall. Highlighting the Mallet Ensemble's program is Steve Reich's "Music for Six Marimbas," a re-scoring of Reich's "Six Pianos," written in 1973.

Percussion Ensemble I's program leads off with Nathan Daughtrey's "Power Struggle," written for a balanced ensemble of four keyboard percussion instruments and four battery percussion instruments. The two halves of the ensemble compete for attention and struggle for musical superiority throughout the composition. The ensembles are directed by Penn State percussion professor Dan C. Armstrong and admission is free.


Mallet Ensemble

"Sabre Dance" -- Aram Khachaturian, arr. Peters

"Staccato Etude" -- Anton Rubenstein, arr. Jeanne

"Music for Six Marimbas" -- Steve Reich

"Lady of Spain" -- Tolchard Evans, arr. Peters

Percussion Ensemble I

"Power Struggle" -- Nathan Daughtrey

"Ostinato Pianissimo" -- Henry Cowell

"Variations on a Ghanaian Theme" -- Dan Levitan

"Used Car Salesman" -- Michael Daugherty

The Mallet Ensemble performs music either written 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 twelve 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 meetings of the Music Educators National Conference and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Enrollment is by audition with the conductor.


Last Updated October 15, 2014