The last two Ilse Newell concerts of February will start with music by young American composers written for percussion instruments and end with the contemporary sounds of modern jazz and pop standards.
On Sunday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. the FSU Percussion Ensemble takes the stage at Trinity Episcopal Church to present a program that features the sounds from marimba and vibraphone to maracas and tympani, featuring popular works such as Extremes by Jason Treuting, the Koln Concert part llc by Keith Jarrett, and Carousel, with its vibraphone and marimba duet.
Chris Baird and Justin Ball, both doctoral candidates in percussion performance at FSU, join with Austin Pelella, who spent eight years playing all over the world with “The Commandant’s Own” group of the United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corp, as well as Darci Wright, who aspires to be one of the few females to be inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.
On Friday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. at Trinity, the World Jazz Trio will perform modern jazz and contemporary pop pieces, featuring Michael Bakan on drums, Brian Hall on bass, and Panayotis (Paddy) League as multi-instrumentalist and vocalist.
Bakan is a professor of ethnomusicology at Florida State University, Hall teaches strings as professor at Florida A&M University and League directs the Center for Music of the Americas at FSU.
Admission to the Percussion Ensemble is $10 per person; to the World Jazz Trio $20 per person, with children and students admitted free. Advance tickets are available at www.inconcertapalachicola.org, or attendees can pay cash at the door.
Doors open at Trinity Episcopal Church 30 minutes prior to each concert. Seating is open, vaccinations are assumed, and masks are optional. Programs are partially funded by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.