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Nov. 24: University Percussion Ensemble

This will be the inaugural concert for this ensemble, which features an array of instruments.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 11-13-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The University Percussion Ensembles will present their inaugural concert on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The concert takes place in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Mr. Michael Thursby, Director of Athletic Bands, leads the ensembles.

The University Percussion Ensemble performs with an extensive array of instruments, from traditional drums, xylophones, marimbas and cymbals to just about anything that can be struck, shaken or smashed together. The concert features an eclectic mix of musical styles including everything from traditional works to contemporary and world music from Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia.

The concert will feature percussion works ranging from solo pieces to large works for fifteen players. Student Jeremy Friedrichs, marimba, will solo on Earl Hatch’s "Challenge I" while student Terry Lillis, marimba, will solo on Hymn for an "Angelic Child."
The concert also features "Elegua - Bembe" and "Rhumba Guaguanco," two traditional pieces for Afro-Cuban Percussion Ensemble, and "Yama-Biko," a traditional piece for Japanese Taiko Ensemble.

Concert admission is $9 for community members, $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.

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