Percussion Group Cincinnati Performs @ Berea 1/24/2011 Author(s): Jay
Percussion Group Cincinnati will perform "Thinking Outside the Box" at Berea College on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Auditorium. The event is part of the 2010-11 Stephenson Memorial Concert Series, and is free and open to the public.
Percussion Group Cincinnati
The ensemble, in residence at the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, showcases classic and experimental concert music from the U.S., Chile, South Africa and China. Their dynamic instrumentation consists of marimbas, drums, gongs, prepared piano and computer.
Percussion Group Cincinnati was founded in 1979 by Allen Otte, James Culley, and Russell Burge. The group is particularly respected for its knowledge of and experience with the entire range of the music of John Cage. They have also developed similar relationships with John Luther Adams, Qu Xiao-Song, Russell Peck, and with Larry Austin on the Charles Ives Universe Symphony project.
The group's work appears on various CDs, including “ars modern” and “Strange and Sacred Noise.” Percussion Group Cincinnati has performed nationally and internationally in major cities, festivals, concert halls and schools in America, Europe and Asia. In addition, they have appeared as concerto soloists with symphony orchestras and have presented their program "Music from Scratch" to hundreds of thousands of children across North America. They also participate in teaching and coaching of young musicians.
The Stephenson Memorial Concert Series brings accomplished artists from the U.S. and around the world to perform at the college, giving Berea students an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultural traditions.
Established in 1987 in honor of Anne Stephenson and her brother John, former president of Berea College, the fund was established by the Stephenson family to bring outstanding musical performances to central Kentucky audiences free of charge.