Millikin University's percussion ensembles will present "Masterworks" on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public.
Millikin's percussion ensembles "Masterworks" concert will showcase the depth and breadth of contemporary percussion chamber music through a program featuring historically significant works for percussion and will include two premiere performances.
"Spontaneous Logic," by Paris-born composer Daniel Wohl, will be performed to commemorate the centenary of composer John Cage's birth. Barely 30 years of age, Wohl's reputation is already making a rapid ascent in the genre of electroacoustic music. The New York Times has called Wohl "one of his generation's imaginative and skillful creators." NPR has said, "He is shaping our contemporary music scene and defining what it means to be a composer in the 21st century."
The concert will include the premiere of a new work by Millikin University Lecturer of Music, Dr. Jeremy Brunk, titled "Hammerschlag," featuring the unconventional instrument of the same name designed and constructed by the Millikin percussion faculty for the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra's (MDSO) recent performance of Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 6."
Millikin's percussion ensembles are under the direction of Brian Justison, professor of music.
The Millikin percussion studio and ensembles represent one of the finest undergraduate programs of its kind. Through a diverse selection of degree programs and course offerings, they are committed to providing students with the facilities and training necessary to achieve success in the professional world. Percussion studies at Millikin are designed to develop the whole musician – artistically, intellectually, and technically through the integration of theory and practice. The goal is to develop the highest possible level of musicianship and an appropriate proficiency in performance, teaching, technology, or program administration depending on the curriculum of study chosen by the student.
For more information on Millikin's performing ensembles, visit www.millikin.edu/music
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. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.