Wooster's Percussion and African Diaspora Ensembles to Present Concert Dec. 6

WOOSTER, Ohio – The Percussion Ensemble and African Diaspora Ensemble, both directed by Thomas Roblee, instructor of percussion at The College of Wooster, will present a concert on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.).
The concert will feature music for mallet percussion instruments from across the globe.  Selections include 20th century percussion music such as Ney Rosauro’s, “Japanese Overture,” William Duckworth’s “Gymel,” and Kai Stensgaard’s “Pieces of Wood.” Ragtime of George Hamilton Green will also be performed as well as traditional amadinda music of Uganda and traditional gyil and drumming from Ghana, all arranged by Roblee.
Juniors Katelyn Bertrand and Brendan McBride are members of both ensembles and McBride will give a soloist performance on the xylophone. Members of the Percussion Ensemble include senior Will Courtney, juniors Nabil Osborn and Daron Yim, and sophomore Nathaniel Haines. Yim will give a soloist performance on the timpani. The African Diaspora Ensemble members include junior Neva Derewetzky and sophomores Alayt Issak and David Ku.
Roblee works consistently with the Ghanaian dance troupe Saakumu, directing residencies that promote cultural exchange. He is also timpanist with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and percussionist with the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and Wooster Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor of music education degree from SUNY Fredonia and master of music performance degree from The University of Akron.
For more information contact Donna Reed at 330-263-2419 or dreed@wooster.edu.

Posted in Event on November 30, 2018.