The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will present the CU Percussion Ensemble, featuring guest performer/composer Christopher Deane, in concert on Thursday, October 27. The Pan Express, Cameron’s steel drum ensemble, will also perform. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre and is open to the public at no charge thanks to funding from the Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series. A reception hosted by Friends of Cameron Percussion will follow the concert in the Theatre Lobby.
Under the direction of Dr. Jim Lambert, Professor of Music, the Percussion Ensemble is made up of Cameron percussion students Cheyenne Battiest, Duncan; Jake Downing, Poteau; Gus Echols, Duncan; Malcolm Gehlbach, Lawton; Paul Martin, Cache; Britnie Mendenhall, Lawton; Tyler Pollock, Lawton; and Noah Polynice, Lawton.
The concert will feature performances of “Mercury Rising” by Nathan Daughtrey; John Beck’s “Overture for Percussion Ensemble,” Deane’s “The Long September Morning,” Pat Matheny’s “Sunlight” as arranged by Stephen Primatic and featuring Echols on vibraphone, and Mark Ford’s “Head Talk” featuring Echols, Martin, Downing, Polynice and Mendenhall. Echols will also be featured on two marimba solos, Deane’s “Etude for a Quite Hall” and “Over the Rainbow” arranged by Robert Oetomo. Lambert will join Deane for a marimba duet of Karl Kohn’s “Sonatina.”
The Pan Express will perform “Under the Boardwalk,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and “Morning Dance.”
Deane is an Associate Professor of Percussion and director of the Percussion Players at the University of North Texas College of Music. He holds performance degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Deane is currently principal percussionist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and is acting Principal Timpanist of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent performer with the Dallas Wind Symphony and has appeared on five recordings with that ensemble. Deane has performed with numerous large ensembles including the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Ft. Worth Symphony. He has appeared in more than 70 performances as a concerto soloist with either symphony orchestras or wind ensembles and has recorded as a timpanist, percussionist and Hungarian Cimbalom soloist.
For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.
October 18, 2016