Tuesday, February 4, 2013

UNO 2013-14 Musical Excursion Series Presents the Ethos Percussion Group

Ethos Percussion Group University of New OrleansThe award-winning Ethos Group performs next Tuesday in the UNO Recital Hall. Join us! Photo by Carol Rosegg

The University of New Orleans 2013-14 Musical Excursions series welcomes a performance next week by the Ethos Percussion Group.

The Washington Post has described the percussionists as "remarkably disciplined and cohesive...spellbinding," adding "...ethos had the audience up and cheering," while The New York Times has said the lively foursome -- which has graced university and professional stages around the world -- plays with "expert togetherness, sensitivity and zest." London's Musical Opinion said: "In terms of programming, musicianship and technical ability, ethos is a winner."

The award-winning Musical Excursion concert series, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, began presenting first-class classical and world music in 1993. Tuesday's concert is the second of three concerts in the series this year. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free for UNO students.

The Ethos Percussion Ensemble will also be on campus for a Q & A session from 11 a.m. to 12:15 pm. in PAC 317. 

The Ethos Percussion Group presents unique performances that transport global influences into Western chamber music to create a visually and musically compelling experience, said Tony Micocci, assistant director of the University's graduate program in arts administration, in a release. A recital hall contract shows the group will perform, using various drums, a marimba, orchestra bells, a vibraphone, bongos, congas, a floor tom, cymbals, tom-toms and djembes.

"All individually accomplished artists, Ethos members Trey Files, Michael Lipsey, Eric Phinney and Yousif Sheronick are equally at home with contemporary classical repertoire or in collaborations with master musicians from non-Western traditions," reads an Ethos release.

"Their unique performances seamlessly transport global influences into Western chamber music to create a visually and aurally compelling experience. The ensemble's critically-acclaimed performances regularly feature numerous commissions and world premieres; traditional influences from India, West Africa and the
Middle East; and landmark works by composers such as John Cage, Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Steve Reich and Frank Zappa."

The percussion group has performed at major concert venues across the U.S. and the United Kingdom, including: Carnegie
Hall, Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, the Bermuda Festival, London's Wigmore Hall, the Krannert Center, the Library of Congress, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Colleges and universities to enjoy classes and performances by the Ethos Percussion Group include: The Juilliard School,Eastman School of Music, University of Illinois, Berklee College of Music, Washington College, Concordia College and others.

In the past 13 years, Ethos has commissioned more than 25 new works for percussion quartet from a diverse range of composers from around the world, according to the group.

Collaborators have included the Kansas City Symphony, Grammy Award-winning frame drum master Glen Velez, Bernard Woma of Ghana, M'Bemba Bangouran of Guinea, as well as North Indian masters Pandit Samir Chatterjee and Ramesh Misra.

While in town, the group will also be conducting a workshop at the Brother Martin High School, said Micocci.

Ethos Percussion Group brings a new sound to the Musical Excursion series, which returned to the University - and much applause - last fall.

In October, the University welcomed prodigy Fei-Fei Dong, a pianist who recently won the 2013 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at The Juilliard School and was among the top six finalists in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

A native of China, Dong is a master of music degree student at Juilliard. She gave her debut recital in 2000 at the age of 10, and her orchestra concert debut with the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3. She has since appeared with the Aspen Music Festival, Hong Kong, Shanxi, and Shenzhen symphony orchestras and the Juilliard Orchestra. She has made debuts in Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall and the Louvre Auditorium.

In April, the Italian Saxophone Quartet will perform at UNO, said Micocci. The quartet brings together four of the most established soloists in their field. The group has won several chamber music competitions, received special recognition for their interpretations of contemporary music and performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world.

Musical Excursions is presented jointly by the Department of Music and the Graduate Program in Arts Administration at the University of New Orleans. The sponsors for the 2013-14 series are: the Harper Family Foundation, the Mitchiner-Gittinger Family Foundation, Hotel Maison Dupuy, Muriel's Restaurant, 89.9 WWNO and UNO Student Government.

Ticket prices are as follows: $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and UNO faculty and staff, $5 for non-UNO students and free for UNO students. Tickets may be purchased at www.eventbrite.com or at the door as available. For more information, call (504) 280-6381.


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While at UNO, the Ethos Percussion Group plans to perform "These Trees That Speak," written for Ethos by a New York-based composer and drummer named Susie Ibarra. 

These Trees That Speak by Susie Ibarra.

See Them Perform

Ethos performs a new arrangement of Duo 77 by Ethos member Yousif Sheronick. The piece is based on South Indian drumming and will be part of the group's new program Rhythms of the Silk Road.

Duo 77 by Yousif Sheronick

Ethos Percussion Group plays excerpts from Steve Reich's Drumming (Part 1). Live from Concordia College.

Steve Reich's Drumming, Part I

Read More

Ethos Percussion Group
Musical Excursions at the University of New Orleans
University of New Orleans unveils 2013-14 season for acclaimed Musical Excursions series, The Times-Picayune
Concert Series Returns to UNO, The Advocate