Tuba Bach hosts the MSU Percussion Ensemble on Sunday

GRANDS RAPIDS — “Tuba Bach presents. . .” The concert series returns on Sunday as it hosts the Michigan State University Percussion Ensemble at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Avenue in Big Rapids.

Michigan State University’s Percussion Studio is made up of a diverse group of students from diverse backgrounds, under the direction of professors Gwendolyn Dease and Jon Weber. The approximately 25-person studio includes undergraduate students majoring in music performance, education, and composition and graduate students from master’s, performance diploma, and doctoral programs.


Sunday’s program will include a variety of solo and ensemble percussion pieces, ranging from baroque pieces by JS Bach and xylophone rags by Geaorge Hamilton Green to contemporary works by Joseph Schwantner, Keiko Abe, Pei Ching Wu, and more.

The concert is free and open to all. It will also be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook. Links to the live streams can be found on the TubaBach website, www.tubabach.org.

AWARD-WINNING PROGRAM

The Michigan State University Percussion Ensemble has been recognized as an outstanding program by the Percussive Arts Society competition, winning numerous awards, both as an ensemble and by individual studio members. All members have the opportunity to participate in performing ensembles, including the MSU Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Musique 21 New Music Ensemble, and Salsa Verde.

The percussion ensemble was invited to perform as a featured artist at the Society’s Annual International Conventions (PASIC) in 2013 and 2017. They have also been invited to perform at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, McCormick Marimba Festival, the Blue Griffin Recital Series, the Mott Community College Recital Series and many other venues.

The percussion studio has played and worked with many guest artists, including Robert van Sice, Michael Burritt, Bob Becker, Michael Rosen, the band So Percussion, Francis Kofi, Giovanni Hidalgo, Svet Stoyanov, Ji Hye Jung and Keith Aleo, among others.

Alumni and current members of the studio hold teaching positions at colleges, universities, and K-12 programs across the United States, as well as in Argentina, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Alumni have also performed with numerous regional orchestras and completed prestigious graduate programs.

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