April 23: Percussion & Keyboard Ensemble Concert
The Augustana Percussion & Keyboard Ensemble, led by Dr. John Pennington, professor of Music, will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in Kresge Recital Hall.
The concert will feature selections ranging from George Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess" to jazz-influenced "Rendezvous" and "Mitsue" and a remarkable work by French composer Emmanuel Sejourne titled "Sosso-Bala," which includes extended musical devices including bowing both vibraphone and marimba and blowing into the resonators.
Audience members will travel to Central America for the Guatemalan-inspired "El Bodeguero" and to France for the "La Cathedral Engloutie" (The Engulfed Cathedral).
This concert features soloists: Spencer Kruse (English horn), Mariel Ridgway (marimba) and Andrew Paulson (marimba and vibraphone).
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, and are free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID. Tickets are available at www.augietickets.com.
About Dr. John Pennington
An educator, composer, performer, author, producer and conductor, Dr. Pennington serves as artistic director of the Animas Music Festival in Durango, Colo. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Arizona, and Arizona State. Dr. Pennington is an orchestral percussionist, who currently performs with the South Dakota Symphony and the Music in the Mountains Music Festival Orchestra. Dr. Pennington is currently a Cultural Envoy for the State Department in the Middle East (most recently Lebanon), where he presents concerts, clinics and masterclasses.
With more than 30 recordings to date, he has recorded for the Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, and Equilibrium labels. Recent recording releases include: "Brasileirinho," "South American Music for Guitar and Percussion" (co-produced composed and arranged — 2010), "Steps" (co-produced composed and arranged — 2008), "Music for Trumpet and Percussion with Stephen Dunn, Lou Harrison, American Gamelan" (produced, conducted and performed — 2007), "Compassionate and Wise" (co-produced, composed and performed — 2006 — Equilibrium Press). With performances on four continents and over twenty-five states, he has performed on "Prairie Home Companion" and has been a featured performer at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.
Active as a composer and arranger, Pennington has more than 25 compositions for soloist, duo, chamber and films and dozens of arrangements for numerous instrumental and vocal combinations. Extensive studies in world music have included experience in African, Middle Eastern, Indonesian, Cuban and the South Indian Karnatak tradition. Recently, Pennington studied the Northern Hindustani tradition of music in Haridwar and Delhi, India and the Javanese and Balinese traditions of Indonesia.