Penn State Mallet Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble I to perform Oct. 26

October 23, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Mallet Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble I will present a "A (mild) Tribute to Halloween" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Playhouse Theatre. The program, featuring a Special Scary Guest Executioner, includes William Bolcum's "Graceful Ghost Rag" and "Bright Lights-Dark Shadows" by Caleb Pickering. Penn State percussion professor Dan C. Armstrong directs both ensembles.

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

Mallet Ensemble

Souvenir du Cirque Renz - Gustav Peter, arr. Ludwig Albert 

Elegie - Karel Husa (Stephen Fleming and Cody Gemmell)

from "Capriol Suite" - Peter Warlock, arr. Dan C. Armstrong




Edge of the World - Nathan Daughtrey (Katherine Knoebel and Brianna Wiegand, coached by Christian Lopez)

from "Romeo and Juliet" - Serge Prokofiev, arr. Eric Remsen


-Lily Dance of the Maidens

Graceful Ghost Rag - William Bolcom, arr. Stephen Primatic

Percussion Ensemble I

Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg, arr. Gary Wiedersheim (Special Scary Guest Executioner, conductor)

Teamwork - Mitch Markovich (Freshman Class, coached by Gage Kroljic)

Mitos Brasileiros (Brazilian Myths) - Ney Rosauro



-Saci Pererê


-Mula sem Cabeça

Bright Lights – Dark Shadows - Caleb Pickering

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 October 23, 2017