Friends University presents the Percussion Group

Friends University will present the Percussion Group in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium on November 1, 2016.

The Friends University Percussion Group (FUPG) will present a concert tracing the influence of minimalist composer Steve Reich. Steve Reich is one of the most important composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. He is one of the pioneers of Minimalism and has made an impact on the generations of composers. This year marks his 80th birthday and groups around the world are celebrating by presenting his music.

The FUPG concert will begin with a West African drum ensemble because Reich traveled to Ghana to study West African music and what he heard influenced a decades long career. The audience will then hear two of his signature pieces Music for Pieces of Wood and Nagoya Marimbas. Steve Reich’s influence on modern music cannot be overstated and the final two works on the concert represent works by composers who have been inspired by his music. John Luther Adams’ …and bells remembered and Julia Wolfe’s Dark Full Ride take this influence in very different directions and the listeners will experience some wonderful expansions on Reichs’ minimalist style of composition.

The performance will be held in Sebits Auditorium inside the Riney Fine Arts Center, located at 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, Kan. Admission is free. Please call 316-295-5677 for more information.

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