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Sounds from Around the World: BYU’s Percussion Performances Feature Cultural Music

Join the School of Music for Two Upcoming Percussion Performances by BYU’s Percussion Ensemble, Tangents Percussion Quartet, Panoramic Steel Group and Gamelan Bintang Wahyu

Expect to hear bells chime, snare drums snap and cymbals sing out from the Madsen Recital Hall and de Jong Concert Hall on Nov. 3 and Nov. 5.

Matt Coleman will direct the Percussion Ensemble while Darren Bastian will direct the Tangents Percussion Quartet. Coleman reassures that all in attendance will find something they enjoy from the program outlined for the evening.

“The program includes pieces like Nathan Daughtry’s intense percussion octet titled ‘Power Struggle,’ a marimba choir arrangement of Morten Lauridsen’s beautiful setting of ‘O Magnum Mysterium,’ Jonathan Psathas’s ‘Kyoto’ for mallet quintet, Ben Wahlund’s ‘Pegasus’ for solo snare drum—featuring Tangents member Nathan Jackman—with percussion accompaniment and much more,” said Coleman.

“Power Struggle,” composed by Nathan Daughtry, is a particularly engaging piece. Performed by eight musicians, the various sections of instruments ebb back and forth, struggling for attention. The competition draws listeners in, making for a compelling composition. The instruments featured in this piece include bells, vibraphone, marimba, timpani, bass drum, snare drum and more.

Just two days later on Saturday Nov. 5, the Madsen Recital Hall will host another unique percussion performance featuring Panoramic Steel and Gamelan Bintang Wahyu. Darren Bastian directs Panoramic Steel and Jeremy Grimshaw directs Gamelan Bintang Wahyu.

This concert will take audience members around the world to experience steel music of Trinidad and music from Bali played by the gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Bintang Wahyu.

A gamelan is a traditional Indonesian ensemble of percussion instruments. Gamelan is often played at culturally significant Indonesian events such as religious rituals, ceremonies and festivals. BYU’s Gamelan Bintang Wahyu has been performing for more than 10 years.

Drum up support for these students and faculty. Admission is free and both concerts will be streamed online.

The Percussion Ensemble and Tangents Percussion Quartet performance will be Thursday Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and the Global Rhythm: Panoramic Steel and Gamelan Bintang Wahyu performance will be Saturday Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets and Show Details:

Percussion Ensemble and Tangents Percussion Quartet

  • Thursday, November 3 | 7:30 pm

Location: Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center
Price: $8-$9
Tickets: available in person at the HFAC ticket office, by phone at (801) 422-2981 or online
Streaming: available through the School of Music website

Global Rhythm: Panoramic Steel and Gamelan Bintang Wahyu

  • Saturday, November 5 | 7:30 pm

Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center
Price: $8-$9
Tickets: available in person at the HFAC ticket office, by phone at (801) 422-2981 or online
Streaming: available through the School of Music website

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