Percussion Ensemble Concert to Benefit Camp

UALR’s Percussion Ensemble will present a concert featuring arrangements by the group Bela Fleck and reprising a show of songs by the Oxford-based alternative band Radiohead at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

The concert will benefit the ensemble’s annual tour and help raise funds to offer the first percussion ensemble camp for high school students in the state in June.

Tickets are $10. Call (501) 569-3294 to reserve tickets. Tickets also will be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the show.

The program will include selections from five of Radiohead’s seven studio albums. Selections include “There There,” “15 Step,” “Morning Bell,” “I Might Be Wrong,”  “Idioteque,” “Optimistic,” “Kid A,” and “Fade Out.”

“These new and original arrangements attempt to capture both the unique falsetto sound of Thom Yorke’s vocals as well as the beat heavy influences on Radiohead’s music, such as ‘Massive Attack’ and ‘Aphex Twin’,” said Charles Law, director of the ensemble.

The music is arranged for an array of instruments including two vibraphones, marimbas, bells, chimes, drum set, timpani, bass, as well as an assortment of electronic equipment and various percussion instruments.

Celebrating 10-plus years, the high-energy UALR Percussion Ensemble has performed throughout the Midwest and the South presenting concerts and clinics for students of all ages.

For the past three years, the group has worked with the International House of Blues Foundation in New Orleans, performing for inner-city and at-risk youth as well performing at the House of Blues Club itself. The group explores a wide range of repertoire representing the most current and recognized composers of the time.

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