Mallet Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble to Perform April 19

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's Mallet Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble I will present their final concerts of the school year at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in Esber Recital Hall.

The program includes famous opera overtures arranged for mallet ensemble by Eric Remsen, and Emmanuel Sejourne's "Concerto for Vibraphone and Percussion Ensemble" featuring graduate teaching assistant Stephen Fleming as vibraphone soloist. Other soloists performing on the concert include Mark Pizzutillo, marimba; and Kyle McKay, xylophone. The Mallet Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble I are conducted by percussion professor Dan C. Armstrong.

Admission is free. This concert is also available on livestream at cwstudios.

Mallet Ensemble

  • Overture to The Barber of Seville - Gioachino Rossini, arranged by Eric Remsen
  • Carnival of the Animals (selections) - Camille Saint-Saëns, arranged by Peter Klemke
  • Look to the Sky - Antonio Carlos Jobim, arranged by David Vincent
  • Peanuts Polka - Louis Guerrero, arranged by J. Ressler; transcribed by Dan C. Armstrong
  • Over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen arranged by Robert Oetomo (Mark Pizzutillo, marimba)
  • Fluffy Ruffles - George H. Green, arranged by William Cahn (Kyle McKay, xylophone)
  • Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by Eric Remsen

Percussion Ensemble I

  • Silent Canyons - Nathan Daughtrey
  • Trio (1936) - John Cage
  • Concerto for Vibraphone and Percussion Ensemble - Emmanuel Sejourne (Stephen Fleming, vibraphone)
  • Ogoun Badagris - Christopher Rouse*

*This year marks the 100th awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes. The first Pulitzer Prize for music was awarded in 1943 to William Schuman. Penn State School of Music faculty, students, and ensembles will be performing a variety of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers during the 2016-17 season. Christopher Rouse won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for Trombone Concerto.

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 April 14, 2017