Percussion Ensemble and Mallet Ensemble to perform Oct. 13

October 08, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's Percussion Ensemble I and Mallet Ensemble present the first of their fall semester concerts at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Esber Recital Hall. The program features "Western Sketches" by American 20th century composer Robert E. Kreutz, Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro's "Concerto for Marimba" with soloist Kyle McKay, and a transcription of J.S. Bach's baroque jewel "Ave Maria" with vibraphone soloist Kevin Eppinger. The ensembles are conducted by Dan C. Armstrong, percussion professor. Admission is free.

Percussion Ensemble I

  • "Kymbalon" — Stanley Leonard
  • "Ubik 440" — Christopher Fellinger
  • "Concerto for Marimba" — Ney Rosauro (Kyle McKay, marimba)
  • "Sizzle!" — Nathan Daughtrey

Mallet Ensemble

  • "Gandrung" (2002) — Bill Alves
  • "Western Sketches" — Robert E. Kreutz
  • "Ave Maria" — Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Ruth Jeanne (Kevin Eppinger, vibraphone)
  • "I Got Rhythm" — An Improvisation — George Gershwin, arranged by Eric Remsen

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.

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. 


Last Updated October 14, 2015