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PERCUSSION “BASH” – Southeastern
Louisiana University students who are studying percussion under music instructor
Terrance Mahady will present an end-of-the-semester concert at 7:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, April 16, at the Music Recital Hall. The performers include,
from left, Stephen Hux, Harahan; Andrew Robin, Madisonville; Kevin Estoque,
New Orleans; Becky Daigrepont, Metairie; and Ian Perkins, Zachary.
PERCUSSION STUDENTS PRESENT “BASHING, CRASHING” CONCERT APRIL
HAMMOND -- Students studying
percussion at Southeastern Louisiana University will present a “bashing,
crashing” concert on April 16, said percussion instructor Terrance Mahady.
Mahady said the concert’s popularity
has outgrown the Music Building Annex band room where his students have
traditionally been staging their end-of-the-semester program. It will be
presented instead at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall in the Ralph R.
Pottle Music Building.
“From the opening fanfare to
the ending number, there will be plenty of bashing and crashing, but it
won’t be just boom and bang,” said Mahady. He said the program will include
a variety of themes from New Age to Frank Zappa to Metallica.
The New Age style will be illustrated
in solo performances featuring the marimba by Stephen Hux of Harahan and
Andrew Robin of Madisonville, and piano-accompanied xylophone solos by
Robin and Ian Perkins of Zachary. In the ragtime piece, “Nola,” Hux will
play the xylophone accompanied by a trio of marimbas.
An arrangement by Chris Cucullu
of Hammond of “One” will fast forward the audience to the rock drumming
of Metallica. “It’s a double bass drum workout,” Mahady said. “Chris has
been playing drums since age five, but these are his first formal drum
Angie native Rachel Pittman will
perform a timpani and snare drum duet with Ritesh Durgapersad of Gonzales.
Graduate student Kevin Estoque of New Orleans will perform the first movement
from Werner Thasichen’s “Concerto for Timpani.”
Frank Zappa’s “The Black Page”
is the concert finale. Mahady said he based his arrangement of the piece
on a recording of seven live performances by Zappa’s bands. “The title,”
he said, “is a description of a musician’s fear of a page of music so full
of notes that it appears black.”
The work begins with the original
drum set solo played by Estoque. In a second version, the melody
is performed on bells, xylophone, vibraphone and marimbas and with Rebecca
Daigrepont of Metairie on electric bass.
Mahady said graduate assistant
pianist Hristo Birbochukov of Haskovo, Bulgaria, percussionists Thomas
Miller and Scott White, and technical director Steve Foster will assist
with the concert. For additional information, contact the Department of
Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
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