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UT Martin Department of Music to present international preview, commemorative concerts


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Ensemble will preview their Percussive Arts Society International Convention performance at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6, in the university’s Harriet Fulton Theater, located inside the Fine Arts Building.

The ensemble recently won the Percussive Arts Society’s International World Percussion Competition in the university showcase category for the first time in school history. They will perform at 2 p.m., Nov. 10, during the society’s international convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

The PASIC preview concert will include music from Brazil, Zimbabwe, West Africa and Trinidad, among other countries. The concert also features an appearance by the UT Martin Dance Ensemble, directed by Sarah McCormick, UT Martin associate professor of dance, and background artwork by Lane Last, UT Martin professor of art, and his students. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for UT Martin and local students. Children 12 and under enter free of charge. Ticket sales will be used to offset travel costs for students performing during the convention.

Community members are also invited to attend a concert celebrating composer Steve Reich’s 80th birthday. The concert will begin at 3 p.m., Oct. 30, in the Blankenship Recital Hall of the UT Martin Fine Arts Building. The afternoon will include performances of Reich’s most notable works, including “Four Organs,” “Electric Counterpoint” and “Mallet Quartet.” Performers will include members of the UT Martin Contemporary Music Group led by Stephen Downing, student artistic director.

Additionally, Dr. Elaine Harriss, UT Martin professor of music, will host a piano workshop from 2-4 p.m., Nov. 5, in room 240 of the UT Martin Fine Arts Building. The interactive workshop for piano teachers and upper-level piano students will explore ways to make learning basic piano techniques easier and more efficient.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Department of Music at 731-881-7402.


PHOTO ID: The UT Martin Percussion Ensemble is shown rehearsing their Percussive Arts Society International Convention performance with the help of visiting artist Mohamed Da Costa (center).

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