Penn State's Mallet, Percussion ensembles to perform Feb. 26

February 23, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's Mallet Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble I will present their first concerts of the spring 2016 semester at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, in Esber Recital Hall. The ensembles are led by percussion professor Dan C. Armstrong. Admission is free.

Mallet Ensemble Program

  • Polonaise Militaire — Frédéric Chopin, arranged by William Cahn
  • Equali VI — Daniel Kessner
  • Stop Time — George Hamilton Green, arranged by Bob Becker (Jane Li, xylophone)
  • Les Vendredis (“Fridays”) Polka — N. Sokolov, A. Glazunov, and A. Liadov, arranged by Dan C. Armstrong
  • Presto (from String Quartet, Op. 4)  — Jean Sibelius, arranged by Dan C. Armstrong

Percussion Ensemble I Program

  • Rhythmic Ceremonial Ritual for Seven Antiphonal Tambourines — Zachary Cairns (a 2000 alumnus of the Penn State percussion studio)
  • Toccata for Percussion — Carlos Chavez (Trevor Rosten, timpani)
  • Radioactive Octopus — Steven Simpson
  • Suite for Percussion — William Kraft
  • Suite for Solo Drum Set and Percussion Ensemble — David Mancini (Christian Lopez, drum set)

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 Ensemble I performs 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 meetings of the Music Educators National Conference and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Enrollment is by audition with the conductor.

Last Updated February 23, 2016