Dual Excursions-Music for Flute and Percussion
Flute and percussion instruments constitute some of the earliest musical sounds known. Many composers have explored the potential and possibilities of coupling these two expressive instruments. William Cedeño, Principal Flutist with the South Dakota Symphony, and John Pennington, Principal Percussionist with the Symphony will present a recital of flute and percussion music, Tuesday, February 19th, 7:30PM in Hamre Recital Hall. The duo will present a variety of music including Brazilian tango and music inspired by Asia, as well as contemporary music from America.
Principal Flutist of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, William Cedeño, was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He started his musical career at the age of 9 in world-renown Venezuelan program, “El Sistema.” In 2003, William was accepted into the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music and entered the studio of Miguel Pineda for flute and piccolo. A few months after that, he won the the principal position at the Francisco de Miranda Orchestra.
After moving to the United States, William attended Idyllwild Arts Academy as a post-graduate high school student under a full scholarship and joined the studio of Sara Andon. Since he moved to the US, he has participated in master classes with teachers such as Carol Wincenc, James Galway, Emmanuel Pahud, Robert Dick, and Jean Ferrandis. In 2011, he was accepted into the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he finished his undergraduate studies in the studio of Timothy Day. His most recent accomplishments include winning the Berkeley Piano Club Competition, the Miami Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition. William recently finished his first year of a master’s degree program in Flute Performance at the Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Leone Buyse.
Dr. John C. Pennington
John Pennington is an educator, composer, performer, author, producer and conductor. Dr. Pennington is currently a Professor of Music at Augustana University and recently the Artistic Director of the Animas Music Festival in Durango, Colorado. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Arizona, and Arizona State. As an orchestral performer, Dr. Pennington is currently the Principal Percussionist and Associate Principal Timpanist and with the South Dakota Symphony and Principal Timpanist with the Music in the Mountains Summer Music Festival Orchestra in Durango, Colorado. Dr. Pennington is currently a Cultural Envoy for the State Department in the Middle East (most recently Lebanon) where he presents concerts, clinics and masterclasses. With performances on four continents and over twenty-five states he has performed on A Prairie Home Companion and been a featured performer at six Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. With over thirty recordings to date he has recorded for Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, Tresona, and Equilibrium labels. Recent recording releases include: Gitanjali, for Voice, American Gamelan, Harmonium, and Guitar (composed & produced-2014), Song of God Among Us, Advent Music for Choir, Guitar and Percussion (percussion-2016-17), Brasileirinho, South American Music for Guitar and Percussion (co-produced composed and arranged-2010), Steps (co-produced composed and arranged-2008), Music for Trumpet and Percussion with Stephen Dunn, Lou Harrison, American Gamelan (produced, conducted and performed 2007), Compassionate and Wise (co-produced, composed and performed-2006-Equilibrium Press). Active as a composer and arranger he has over forty compositions for soloist, duo, chamber, musical/theatrical, and films and dozens of arrangements for numerous instrumental and vocal combinations. Extensive studies in world music have included experience in African, Middle Eastern, Indonesian, Cuban and the South Indian Karnatak tradition. Currently, Dr. Pennington continues his study and teaching of the Northern Hindustani tradition of music in North India and the Javanese and Balinese traditions of Indonesia. Please visit JohnCharlesPennington.com for more information.