Arts at Noon: Percussion Group 1501
Date and TimeWednesday, April 5, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
- Cook-DeWitt Center
Named for the soon-to-be famous Percussion Studio in the GVSU Performing Arts Center, Professor Greg Secor teams up with three outstanding GVSU alumni to form Michigan's newest professional percussion ensemble.
Based in Michigan, Percussion Group 1501 consists of Joshua Dreyer, Alex Hamel, Samuel Gould and Greg Secor. TPG 1501 was formed to cultivate a wide variety of percussion music that represents the diverse background of each of the four members. From the concert hall with symphony orchestras, chamber music settings, musical theatre pit and ethnic styles of music from around the World, Percussion Group 1501 hopes you will enjoy listening to the program we present at Grand Valley State University’s Arts at Noon performance.
Music presented on this concert will include:
- Traditional and contemporary music played on the Gyil, an African marimba native to Ghana, West Africa, which can be thought of as a grandparent to many of the keyboard percussion instruments played today.
- Music for Steel pans and percussion from the soca and calypso music tradition of Trinidad and Tobago will be presented in a new and unique form arranged by Percussion Group 1501.
- “Credo in US” is a musical composition by the American experimental music composer, writer and visual artist John Cage. It was written in July 1942 and revised in October of that year. In the wake of Pearl Harbor, this piece avoided the populist tendencies of fellow American composers at the time, while the piece's title is thought to be a call to collective unity.
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