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Percussion Ensemble and Panoramic Steel to be jammin' at BYU April 7

Featuring guest artist Ray Holman from Trinidad on steel drums

The Percussion Ensemble and Panoramic Steel from Brigham Young University’s School of Music will perform Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall.

Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-7664 or at performances.byu.edu for $9 or $6 with BYU or student ID.

Both ensembles are under the direction of Ron Brough.

Using various percussive instruments, the Percussion Ensemble will present “The Palace of Nine Perfections” by Eric Ewazen. The three-movement work is inspired by a painting of 12 scrolls by 17th century painter Yuan Chiang.

The first movement depicts the procession of soldiers and Emperor K’ang-hsi with marching rhythms of horses in gallop. The second movement represents the valleys near the palace with soft, melodious chords. The third movement represents the fantasy of the mountain cliffs to the paradises of immortals with intense and dramatic music.

Using several sizes of steel drums to produce island rhythm sounds, Panoramic Steel will perform “Sad Song for a Panman,” “Woodbrook Jam,” “Dr. Mannette” and “Sticks!,” all by guest artist Ray Holman. Internationally known composer, arranger and steel drum performer from Trinidad, Holman will perform with Panoramic Steel.

“Guest artist Ray Holman is a star in Trinidad and has appeared on all the top TV shows,” said Director Brough. “Having this well-known artist perform his works with our group is like having Mozart perform one of his symphonies in concert with our students.”

For more information, contact Ron Brough at (801) 422-3320.

Writer: Angela Fischer

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