The four-member ensemble Third Coast Percussion showcases its eclectic repertoire in a Lawrence University Artist Series performance Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.
Tickets, at $25-30 for adults, $20-25 for seniors and $18-20 for students, are available through the Lawrence Box Office, 920-832-6749.
Melding the energy of rock music with the precision and nuance of classical chamber works, Third Coast Percussion — Robert Dillon, David Skimore, Sean Connors and Peter Martin — has explored and expanded the extraordinary sonic possibilities of percussion music since its founding in 2005. The ensemble is known for often manically incorporating traditional gongs, bells and Tibetan singing bowls with a wide array of ordinary objects —everything from coffee cans and pasta strainers to amplified magic markers, — and turning them all into music-making instruments.
“Third Coast Percussion has established themselves as one of the top contemporary percussion groups on the scene today,” said Dane Richeson, professor of music and director of percussion studies at Lawrence “Their programing is innovative and they are exciting performers to see and hear. I’m excited to have them performing on our Artist Series.”
Described by the New York Times as “hard-grooving” musicians, Third Coast Percussion has established a reputation for ground-breaking collaborations across a wide range of disciplines.
They have had the honor of performing world premieres for many of today’s leading composers, among them Timothy Andres, Glenn Kotche, Marcos Balter and Ted Hearne. They also champion the music of noted composers John Cage, legendary Steve Reich and George Crumb, among others.
The ensemble currently enjoys an Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame.
About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.