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Percussion Ensembles offer free concert

Nov. 11, 2003

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Percussion Ensembles will present a free concert beginning at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The opening piece, "Implosion" by renowned ethnomusicologist Mantle Hood, is based on traditional Indonesian gamelan music. "The Third Construction" by John Cage will feature unusual percussion instruments such as 20 tin cans, lion's roar, and various rattles in North American Indian and Indonesian music styles. Hawaiian war chant rhythms provide the theme for "Ku-Ka-Ilimoku" by Christopher Rouse.

WMU student Robert Kratz, a senior from Lapeer, Mich., will be the featured xylophone soloist for "Fluffy Ruffles," a ragtime composition by George Hamilton Green.

The ensembles are coached by Judy Moonert, associate professor of music.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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