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April 16, 2010
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Percussion Ensemble to perform at Rice AuditoriumVespers_percussion

Baldwin City, Kan. — The Baker University Percussion Ensemble will present “Celebrate Percussion” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1 at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus to commemorate the group’s fifth anniversary. Admission is free and open the public.

Former students will return for the alumni percussion ensemble and perform one of their favorite selections, “Taiko,” by Scott Harding. Current ensemble member and composer Eric Loux will premiere “Noch Einmal.”

The event will include guest performances by Steve Barnhart, professor of percussion at the University of Wyoming, and Kurt Gartner, professor of percussion at Kansas State University. Barnhart was a professor of percussion at Baker University from 1981 to 1983. He will perform a solo, “The Golden Age of Xylophone.” Gartner will conduct his own composition, “Zappology,” inspired by the late musical legend Frank Zappa.

All concert participants will contribute to the finale, “Storm Warning and Dance,” a composition by director Steve Riley, adjunct instructor of percussion and composition.

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.