Millikin University's Percussion Ensemble will present its annual Masterworks Concert
on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
The Percussion Ensemble's Masterworks Concert will showcase the depth and breadth of contemporary chamber music through a program featuring historically significant works for percussion. The Percussion Ensemble will premiere a new work by Avner Dorman entitled, "Consumed," a tour de force for keyboard percussion instruments.
Avner Dorman has quickly risen to become one of the leading composers of his generation. His unique approach to rhythm and timbre has attracted some of the world's most notable conductors including Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Chailly, and David Robertson.
Conductors bring Dorman's music to international audiences with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony and many others. Dorman's works explore a diverse range of genre and stylistic parameters, including works for dance and film.
Millikin's Percussion Ensembles are under the direction of Brian Justison, Millikin professor of music.
Millikin University's percussion studio and ensembles represent one of the finest undergraduate programs of its kind. Through a diverse selection of degree programs and course offerings, they are committed to providing students with the facilities and training necessary to achieve success in the professional world. Percussion studies at Millikin are designed to develop the whole musician – artistically, intellectually, and technically through the integration of theory and practice. The goal is to develop the highest possible level of musicianship and an appropriate proficiency in performance, teaching, technology, or program administration depending on the curriculum of study chosen by the student.
For more information on Millikin's performing ensembles, visit millikin.edu/music
For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit kirklandfinearts.com
. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.