GRAMMY award-winner to perform

April 10, 2017
Third Coast Percussion

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – GRAMMY award-winner Third Coast Percussion will perform a variety of unique percussion repertoire at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Friday, April 21, in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, at 7 p.m., as part of the 2016-17 Performing Arts Series.

Hailed by The New Yorker as “vibrant” and “superb,” Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering performances for audiences of all kinds.

“Third Coast Percussion received the 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance,” said Michael Breitner, director of the Center for the Arts at UW-Platteville. “Third Coast Percussion also performed live at the awards ceremony. We’re honored to have them visit UW-Platteville.”

Formed in 2005, the ensemble has developed an international reputation with concerts and recordings of energy and nuance. It has become known for groundbreaking collaborations across a wide range of disciplines, including concerts and residency projects with engineers at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana; architects at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona; astronomers at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois; and more.

Third Coast Percussion is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, a position it assumed in 2013. It has the honor of being the first ensemble at the University of Notre Dame to create a permanent and progressive ensemble residency program at the center. The ensemble performs multiple recitals annually as part of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Presenting Series, engages with the local community and leads interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with a wide range of disciplines across campus.

Third Coast’s passion for community outreach includes a wide range of residency offerings while on tour, in addition to long-term community engagement residencies at home in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to its national performances, Third Coast Percussion’s hometown presence includes an annual Chicago series, with four to five concerts in locations around the city. The ensemble has collaborated in performance with a wide range of artists and performing ensembles, including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Eighth Blackbird, Glenn Kotche and video artists Luftwerk.

The members of Third Coast Percussion —Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore— hold degrees in music performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; Yale School of Music, New Haven, Connecticut; Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York; the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts; and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Third Coast Percussion performs exclusively with Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

The performance is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Mary & Isabel Cunningham Fund.

Tickets are available through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Call 608-342-1298 or 877-727-1CFA (toll free) or use the online Box Office at Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, $23 for current UW-Platteville students and $16 for anyone under 18. Call the University Box Office with questions or to request disability accommodations.

Written/formatted by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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