IUP Percussion Ensemble to put on an ‘intense’ performance

Anthony Direnzo

Contributing Writer



The percussion education program at IUP is celebrating its 50th anniversary with this year’s concert, “Intensity.”

“Intensity” will dive deep into percussion performances and occasionally involve
other instruments to create a great
percussion experience for all students on campus to enjoy. There will also be a second night of performances called “Repertoire.”

Directed by Dr. Michael Kingan, “Intensity” will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20,
in the Gorell Recital Hall located on the second floor of Sutton Hall. Admission is free. Nineteen out of the 20 performers are IUP music students.

Dr. Gary Olmstead began IUP’s percussion education program in the fall of 1966, according to Kingan. The first piece of music Olmstead performed at IUP, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach, will be the opening song in “Intensity.”

Following the opening piece, Taylor Gephart (senior, music) will be featured on a xylophone ragtime piece, “Charleston Capers” by George Hamilton Green. She will be accompanied by a marimba band.

Two percussion-only performances, “Parallax,” by James Romig and a duo with
Gene Koshinski, “Dance of the Drums,” will follow.

“Intensity” will also include a few “minimalistic” performances, or “an avant-garde movement in music characterized by the repetition of very short phrases that change gradually, producing a hypnotic effect,” Kingan said in a Sept. 9 email.