Three BYU ensembles will come together for an Evening of Percussion April 15 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center.
Evening of Percussion will feature a variety of percussion music by BYU’s Percussion Ensemble directed by Matt Coleman, the Panoramic Steel ensemble directed by Ron Brough and the Gamelan Bintang Wahyu directed by Jeremy Grimshaw.
BYU Percussion Ensemble plays a wide variety of styles and instruments within the world of percussion music. The group is primarily made up of students pursuing music degrees but includes students from other majors as well.
Panoramic Steel will perform four different numbers including “Red Beans & Rice” by Ray Holman and “Number 2” by Dave Longfellow. The group includes nine student performers who all play on instruments made out of 55-gallon oil drums creating a unique sound. Founded in 1986 Panoramic Steel has performed with the Utah Performing Arts Tours and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
BYU’s gamelan ensemble Bintang Wahyu, is a traditional form of music in Southeast Asia and the gamelan music from the island of Bali is particularly vibrant and varied. The gamelan portion of the concert will feature sounds spanning multiple centuries and continents.
“I was so impressed the first time I found out about Gamelan Bintang Wahyu and watched the performance,” Gamelan performer Astrinia Subiantoro said. “Not all Indonesians have the chance to listen to gamelan live or learn how to play gamelan. I feel lucky to have the experience to play this unique music."
Tickets are $10 for the general public, $9 for alumni or seniors and $6 with a BYU or student ID. Tickets are available to purchase at the ticket offices in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at byuarts.com. For those who are unable to attend, the event will be live streamed at liveconcerts.byu.edu.