Campus Life

Percussion ensemble has the holiday beat

The U of L Percussion Ensemble is drumming up holiday spirit through its Classical Percussion Concert, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre.

The program includes an evening of rhythm and fun featuring the Steel Band, Taiko Drummers, and African drums. "We'll present smaller chamber works as well as some pieces we hope surprise the audience," says Adam Mason, director.

Christmas tunes that ornament the program include "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and other holiday favourites.

"Along with our world music groups, we'll present a work from Tanzania and a Taiko drum piece, which has lots of choreography," says Mason. "Although the concert is more low-key than our spring Global Drums show, audiences can expect to see the best our ensemble has to offer."

Also on the program is a marimba selection played by U of L music major Jodi Bartel. "Jodi attended the Marimba Summit in Germany this year, studying with the most renowned marimba players in the world," says Mason.

Classical Percussion is an eclectic evening of Christmas favorites, percussive melodies and earth shaking drumming that is sure to get anyone in the holiday mood.

Tickets are available at the U of L Box Office (403-329-2616).