Tuesday night in the Mason Hall Performance Center, an incredible percussion concert took place. It featured Jacksonville State University’s Percussion Ensemble in collaboration with the Chamber Singers, Steel Drum band, and a world-renowned percussion composer by the name of Arthur Lipner.
The concert opened with a Concerto for Timpani and Percussion Ensemble, which heavily featured Oliver DuPree on timpani.
The next pieces were A Garden of Weeds, which was performed by an almost all-mallet ensemble, and then Mallet Fantasia, a four-movement piece that has been performed over 30 times in 5 different countries.
The Chamber Singers were incorporated during the second movement of the piece.
After a brief intermission, Arthur Lipner came back and played a unique composition on vibraphone with only his fingers, before moving into a duet with Dr. McCutchen, a professor of JSU, called Space Dancer. A song called Four Brothers (based on a jazz chart) brought in a drum set, upright bass, and piano, and the next song included the audience clapping, and was called Sunny.
The concert concluded with an original composition of Mr. Lipner’s called City Soca. It brought in the steel drum band, and featured the percussion ensemble as well as Lipner himself. All of the music selected and performed tonight was of a high level of difficulty, but every note and rhythm was brilliantly executed by each performer on stage, and was very entertaining to the entire audience.