Sam Houston State University’s School of Music will host ‘A Night of Percussion’ in the Concert Hall of the Gaertner Performing Arts Center on April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Junior music education major Tyler Bordelon said there will be many different types of pieces to showcase individual performers and small ensembles.
“The concert will consist of many different percussion works that will display not only chamber music but works that have been written and arranged for solo percussion.”
Bordelon is one of the soloists for the concert and will perform a Chopin Nocturne, originally written for piano. Bordelon said he had taken a guitar transcription of Chopin’s Nocturne Op.9 No.2 and arranged it for the marimba.
Bordelon said all soloists and groups had to receive approval by the head of the SHSU percussion studio, John Lane, Ph.D.
Although the event is not a competition, students have prepared tirelessly for the event.
“Some of the pieces have been worked on since the beginning of the fall semester,” Bordelon said. “Others, however, have been practicing since the beginning of the spring semester.”
Bordelon is excited to showcase the talent of the percussion program because of the hard-work that has gone into the production of the concert.
“The audience can expect to hear music that they might have never listened to before” said Bordelon said. “The performance will show students a variety of music that may have been foreign to them beforehand and they can expect a great performance”.
Junior Music Education major Garrett Reebenacker believes that the concert will allow the audience to listen to a variety of music that isn’t as well-known.
Reebenacker will perform a movement of one of his past recital pieces, as well as a piece by American composer, Steve Reich.
“The audience can expect a diverse showing of music, composers and instruments, and students should attend because the concert will likely be a display of music that they have never been exposed to,” Reebenacker said.
The event is free to all SHSU students and it will display the talent within the percussion studio.