Augustana Percussion Ensemble Concert

Event Details

Date: November 16, 2016

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Center

Ticket Info: Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augie ID.

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The Augustana Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. John Pennington and featured student conductor, Mr. Victor Yip, will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), and are free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augie ID. Buy tickets online at or by calling the Box Office at 605.274.5320.

Dr. John Pennington has created an exciting program, including percussion chamber works by a variety of composers: Cross Currents,” by Lynn Glasock and works by Sanchez, Becker, Novotney, Cole and Egues. The concert will also include a performance of Bob Becker’s Mudra with senior, Alex Pfeiffer as percussion soloist. The piece features North Indian melodic and rhythmic concepts, particularly the idea of motivic development and rhythmic ti-hai (a cadential formula with three repetitions) performed on a prepared drum (in imitation of the North Indian Tabla).

Featured percussion soloists are:

  • Alex Pfeiffer
  • Dana LeVan
  • Eli Paul

Augustana Percussion Ensembles

The Augustana Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. John Pennington, is committed to preserving the seminal literature of the past as well as the premiere and creation of new and diverse works. The Percussion, Keyboard and American Gamelan ensembles constitute the variety of Percussion Performance opportunities at Augustana. In January 2015, the Augustana Percussion Ensemble presented concerts on a 23-day tour of the People's Republic of China as well as performing at the Percussive Arts Societies International Convention in 2014. The ensemble has produced two CD recordings: Aurora Borealis (2012) and Gitanjali (2014).