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8 March 2006

Kaliedoscope Event Features Andy Harnsberger Tonight

Andy Harnsberger is performing tonight at the Mason Hall Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. Andy Harnsberger has become one of the leading and most active marimba performers/clinicians in the country. He has performed in a variety of settings across the United States, Europe, and Japan and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the country each year.

In 1999 he released a compact disc, Vertigo, that has been recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as “a must purchase for anyone who collects important marimba recordings . . . His performance makes it clear that he is a master player, not only technically, but musically as well.” – Percussive Notes, vol. 38, no. 2, April 2000. In addition, the CD features his own transcriptions of Eddie Van Halen guitar solos arranged for the marimba.

Dr. Harnsberger earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received the prestigious Performer's Certificate. He completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Harnsberger tours regularly as percussionist and xylophone soloist with The Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band.

Dr. Harnsberger has also made several guest appearances on National Public Radio, both in interviews, and live performances to bring public awareness to the marimba as a solo instrument. “Andy Harnsberger is a joy to watch in performance and a feast for the ears. The sensitivity and strength in his live playing was a treasure for the audience . . . simply phenomenal!” – Rachel Hunter, KANU-FM, National Public Radio.

There is no admission fee and the public is cordially invited to attend. Visit the Web site Paragon Percussion to gain a unique insight into Andy's percussion artistry.

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