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UVU Percussion Concert To Highlight Mexico

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November 11, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Heather Wrigley

Percussion UVU is proud to offer a concert in tribute to Utah Valley University’s global spotlight on Mexico on Nov. 18, 2013.

“Mexico has a rich musical history, and this is particularly evident in the world of percussion,” director Doug Smith said.

The concert will begin with Carlos Chávez’s “Toccata,” one of the first great works for percussion ensemble and a great example of the innovation and leadership Mexican composers initiated in the 20th century.

Paul Bissell’s “The Alabados Song” will follow. Bissell’s unique composition is inspired by the “Book of the Alabados,” which is used in Hispanic communities in the southwest United States in place of a formal church or clergy. The piece will be set against the backdrop of a fictitious musical story about the soul of an elderly woman being carried off into the “other” realm.

The program will conclude with “Autumn” and “Winter” from Vivaldi’s famous “Four Seasons.” This piece will be linked to Mexico in a unique and moving way through a slide show of pictures of Mexico during the autumn and winter seasons.

“We’ve got a very talented and dedicated group this fall, with four outstanding soloists in our ranks,” Smith said. “The experience of preparing this difficult music has been challenging with great rewards. Each rehearsal has been an enjoyable part of the journey, and we look forward to sharing this music at the concert.”

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center. Visit uvu.edu/arts or call 801-863-PLAY (7529) for more information.

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