February 13, 2015 at 12:15pm

Musicians and actors unite for Millikin Percussion Ensemble 'Synergy' concert

Millikin Percussion

Millikin University's Percussion Ensemble will present its annual Synergy Concert on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. 

Synergy showcases the distinctiveness of Millikin's ubiquitous, interdisciplinary alliances through a collaborative concert featuring performances by students and faculty across the College of Fine Arts. 

This year's program will begin with two classic percussion works featuring prominent theatrical elements in John Cage's "Living Room Music" and Mauricio Kagel's "Dressur." Following an intermission, theatre students will present two Shakespeare monologues with ensemble accompaniment. 
Brian Justison, Millikin professor of music and coordinator of percussion studies, has composed music to accompany the "Two Gentlemen of Verona" monologue exploring the prosody of Shakespeare's prose in a way that looks beyond the traditional role of incidental music. Alex Miller, Millikin associate professor of theatre and dance, will perform a choreographed "fight scene" with musical accompaniment. 

The program will conclude with Michael Hennagin's "Phantom Dances" for large percussion ensemble (14 players). This work, cast in the form of a palindrome, explores the nature of perception through the inclusion of "phantom gestures." 

Tickets for Synergy are $8 and may be purchased through the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases, this is a per transaction free, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

This event is free for Millikin University students and College of Fine Arts faculty with a Millikin University ID. 

Millikin's School of Music is committed to developing complete musicians artistically, technically and intellectually by emphasizing the integration of theory and practice with other disciplines across the University. For more information on Millikin's School of Music, visit millikin.edu/music

For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit kirklandfinearts.com. Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.