Percussion Ensemble to perform Pink Floyd favorites and more March 18

UALR’s Percussion Ensemble will present a benefit concert at 7 p.m. March 18 in Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

Admission is $10, and tickets will be available at the door.  This concert is open to the public.

The program will include selections from Pink Floyd presenting Part 1 through 5 of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” and other selections from their very successful album Wish You Were Here. Previously, the Percussion Ensemble has arranged and performed the entire album Dark Side of the Moon during the 2008-2009 season.

In addition to the arrangements of Pink Floyd, the ensemble will present a new arrangement of Radio Head’s “Weird Fishes” by Percussion Ensemble Member Virgle Lyons.  This original arrangement seeks to capture both the unique falsetto sound of Thom Yorke’s vocals and the beat-heavy influences in Radiohead’s music.

The concert will open with “Mozambique” by Chris Brooks, and “Blue Rhythm” by Anthony Korf. The program will also include San Francisco Composer Anthony J. Cirone’s “4/4 for Four,” a staple in the literature for percussion ensembles.

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

For the past three years, the Percussion Ensemble has worked with the International House of Blues Foundation in New Orleans, performing for inner-city and at-risk youth and at the House of Blues Club itself. Celebrating 10-plus years, the high-energy Percussion Ensemble has performed throughout the Midwest and South presenting concerts and clinics for students of all ages. The UALR Percussion Ensemble explores a wide repertoire representing the most current and recognized composers of the time.

To reserve tickets, call 501-569-8993.

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