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Nov. 2, 2023

Northwest Percussion Ensemble to perform concert Nov. 16

By Kayla Holman, communication assistant

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Northwest Missouri State University’s Percussion Ensemble will present a fall concert Thursday, Nov. 16.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building and is free and open to the public.

The Percussion Ensemble will perform works, including John Cage’s “Living Room Music,” Shane Roderick’s “Antiq,” John Alfieri’s “Tambourine Fanfare,” Marc Mellit’s “Red, Mvmt, 1,” Nebosja Jovan Zikovic’s “Trio Per Uno,” Robert Marino’s “Eight on 3 and Nine on 2,” Will Alderman’s “The Beginning of the End of the World” and Nigel Westlake’s “Omphalo.”

The concert will feature a tambourine ensemble; an ensemble comprised of toms, bongos and bass drums; a marimba quartet and a mallet ensemble.

Shane Roderick, a percussionist based in Coral Gables, Florida, also will perform as a guest artist. Roderick is an active composer, educator and performer with notable performances such as the 2022 Great Plains International Marimba Competition and the 2019 PASIC All-Star Ensemble.

“I hope the audience leaves with a deeper understanding of the complexity and richness found throughout percussion repertoire,” Dr. William Alderman, the conductor of the Percussion Ensemble, said. “I hope they are engaged by the communication between ensemble members, the visual approach to motion in relationship to music and the timbral differences and nuances from piece to piece.”

The Northwest Percussion Ensemble is comprised of eight members from first-year students to seniors.

Alderman joined Northwest in August as a music lecturer in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Previously, he taught percussion at Bridgewater College in Washington as well as Lee University in Tennessee, Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia and Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance and pedagogy from James Madison University in Virginia as well as a master’s degree from Ithaca College in New York and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, both in percussion performance.

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