Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band to perform

April 30, 2015
Pioneer Steel Band

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host the Pioneer Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band Concert on Wednesday, May 6, in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

The concert, directed by Keith Lienert, music lecturer at UW-Platteville, will feature music from prominent contemporary percussion composers, including Casey Cangelosi’s “Plato's Cave” for two percussionists playing on the stage floor, Nathan Daughtrey’s “Unleash the Fury!” for mallet quartet and Emmanuel Séjourné’s “Akadinda Trio.”

A highlight of the concert will be the final movement of Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble,” featuring Jesse Peterson, a sophomore music education major from Ames, Iowa, on the marimba.

The final portion of the concert will feature the Pioneer Steel Drum Band, playing songs written specifically for the steel band as well as an arrangement of Bob Marley tunes by Lienert, director of the band.

“This will be an exciting concert that will feature the students performing a variety of challenging yet engaging repertoire,” said Lienert. “The caliber of players keeps increasing every year and I am very honored to work with these performers.”

The concert is open to the public. General admission is $7. Students and seniors are $5.

The Pioneer Percussion Ensemble is a diverse ensemble that performs music from many different genres, including contemporary percussion ensemble literature, jazz and world music.

The Pioneer Steel Band allows students to study and perform steel band music from the Caribbean, Africa and the Americas. In addition, it promotes students’ development as performers on the steel pan and percussion instruments while also emphasizing stylistic interpretation and ensemble etiquette.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The Pioneer Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band Concert aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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