Guest artist Christopher Deane to join Cameron University Percussion Ensemble for spring concert

The Cameron University Percussion Ensemble will be joined by guest artist Christopher Deane on percussion for its Spring Semester Concert on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 7:30 PM in the Cameron University Theatre. Following the concert of invigorating and exciting contemporary percussion ensemble literature, Friends of Cameron Percussion will host a reception for the performers in the theatre lobby. The concert is sponsored by the Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series and is open to the public at no charge.

Deane, a professor at the University of North Texas at Denton, will be performing solo marimba selections including his own composition, "Long September Morning" and "Concerto for Tambourine and Percussion Ensemble" by Shelly Elias.

Cameron percussion ensembleThe Cameron University Percussion Ensemble, comprised of both CU percussion majors and non-percussion majors, is conducted by Dr. Jim Lambert, Professor of Music. Ensemble members include Erik Gonzalez, Grant Johnson, Jarrod LaRoche, Chris Puetz, Christopher Turner and Clint Williams, all of Lawton; Gareth Jester, Cache; Kimberly Garza, Iowa Park, TX, high school senior Zach Wallace, Elgin; and Natasha Branch, Seattle, WA.

The Cameron University Percussion Ensemble will perform original and arranged compositions. The concert repertoire includes "Sands of Africa" by Eric Harper; "Overture for Percussion Ensemble" by John Beck; "Yobel" by Jesse Ayers, and "Quakers and Conures" by Rodney Money. Grant Johnson will be featured on marimba on Mark Ford's "The Green Road."

The Cameron University Centennial Singers, conducted by Doris Lambert, will join the ensemble on "Feel the Spirit!", composed for CU in 1996 by guest performer David Mancini. Members of the Centennial Singers include Sonja Detweiler, Sabrina Harrell, Erin Hoff, Anjelika Ramsdell, Melissa Delgado, Tiffany Smith, Melinda Taylor, Jarod Grice, Eli Ramirez, Caleb Payne, and Jonathan Phelps.

The Cameron University Pan Express, the official steel drum ensemble of Cameron University, will conclude the concert with "Carnival" by Rick Cline; "Night Jive" by Darrell Powell, and "Morning Dance" by Beckenstein-arranged by LedBetter.

The Cameron University Percussion Ensemble has performed 68 consecutive semesters in campus concerts featuring members of its percussion studio. Many of those performers are now either performing or teaching throughout the United States.

For further information please call the Cameron University Department of Music at 580--581-2440.

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March 10, 2010

PR# 10-061