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Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:30pm



Meadows Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert

The Meadows Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jon D. Lee, presents its spring concert of new and classic works for percussion that run the gamut from light and fun to aggressive and intense. The program will feature a seminal work from the original “bad boy” of Western music, Ballet Mécanique by George Antheil. The “ballet” was originally conceived in 1924 to accompany a film by the same name and was scored for 16 specially synchronized player pianos, two grand pianos, electronic bells, xylophones, bass drums, a siren and three airplane propellers. However, difficulties with the synchronization resulted in a rewrite in 1953 for four human pianists and 12 percussionists – including two electric bells and two propellers, which were custom-made for this concert! The performance will also include the 1931 landmark masterpiece Ionisation by Edgard Varese. Ionisation is considered the first piece of Western music written for unpitched percussion instruments. In addition, the ensemble will present the beautiful percussion cantata Threads by Paul Lansky, a new hand-drumming arrangement by Jamal Mohamed and two xylophone rags. On April 9, the Percussion Ensemble will also perform Ballet Mécanique and Ionisation at the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet concert “Futurisme à Pied” at Dallas City Performance Hall, accompanying DNCB dancers.


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