Famed percussionists to be in concert March 23
March 13, 2012

Nexus, one of the world's most renowned percussion groups, wraps up this year's Callaway Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at Callaway Auditorium.

"Our students have been begging us to bring a group such as Nexus to our campus," said Dr. Toni Anderson, Chair of the Music Department. "They are really excited about hosting this ensemble, especially our percussion majors and the other students who form our own percussion ensemble."

The members of Nexus are individually recognized as virtuosos, but Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger and Garry Kvistad bring elements of their knowledge and character to the whole group.

Critics have said they stand out in the contemporary music scene for the innovation and diversity of their programs, their impressive history of collaborations and commissions, their revival of 1920's novelty ragtime xylophone music, and their influential improvisatory ideas.

After more than three decades of continuous collaboration, Nexus has the ability to create extraordinary music out of just about anything: Swiss cowbells, Chinese drums, Tibetan prayer bowls, Middle Eastern hand drums and Southeast Asian water buffalo bells, to name just a few. They create a staggering array of sounds and tones out of the broadest array of percussion instruments imaginable.

With a repertoire ranging from military music to the novelty ragtime of the 1920s, from the haunting rhythms of Africa to the groundbreaking compositions of Toru Takemitsu, John Cage and Steve Reich, Nexus delivers a spectacle of sound, rhythm and movement.

The group has been on tours of Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Brazil, Scandinavia and Europe, as well as regularly to the United States and Canada. They were the first Western percussion group to perform in the People's Republic of China, and have participated at international music festivals such as the Adelaide, Holland, Budapest Spring, Singapore Arts, Tanglewood, Ravinia and Blossom festivals.

Nexus is the recipient of the Banff Centre for the Arts National Award and the Toronto Arts Award, and was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1999, just before celebrating its 30th anniversary season.

Dr. Anderson said these musicians are unlike any others who have performed in the concert series, and the performance will offer great music and more.

"This will be more than just a thrilling concert – it will also be a valuable learning experience for our percussion majors," she said. "The virtuosic performances and rhythmic precision of Nexus is certain to wow the entire audience, but none more so than our students."

Tickets at the door will be adults, $20, and students, $10. They may be purchased online at www.lagrange.edu/callawayconcertseries .

For more information, call (706) 880-8351 or email callawayconcertseries@lagrange.edu .





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