Augustana Percussion Ensemble Presents Fall Concert
SIOUX FALLS – The Augustana Percussion Ensemble presents its fall concert on Wednesday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall.
The program consists of percussion chamber works by a variety of composers, including a three-movement, keyboard percussion work titled “Rainbows,” which depicts the biblical flood of 40 days and nights and the subsequent appearance of the rainbow and its symbolism.
The evening will also include the first performance by the Augustana Keyboard Ensemble performing a ragtime piece titled “Jovial Jasper” by George Hamilton- Green with junior Megan Hasche (Sioux Falls) as xylophone soloist.
An unusual piece is “Rock Etude No. 7” by composer Bill Douglas, which is a vocal rhythmic piece, which uses only the voices of the performers with jazz-scat-singing syllables. The program concludes with a beautiful arrangement of “Silent Night.”
The Augustana Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dr. John Pennington, who is new to the Music Department faculty this fall. Dr. Pennington is the director of the Animas Music Festival in Durango, CO. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Arizona, and Arizona State. He is an orchestral percussionist, who currently performs with the Music in the Mountains Music Festival. He has recorded for the Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, and Equilibrium labels.
The concert is free and open to the public. Kresge Recital Hall is located in the Humanities Building.
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