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Percussion Ensemble Presents Three Events Next Week, Two with Visiting Artist Michael Spiro

Percussion Ensemble Presents Three Events Next Week, Two with Visiting Artist Michael Spiro

April 13, 2007

Percussion Ensemble Fall 2006 4.jpgApril 13, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Amy Lynn Barber, will present three events during the third week of April. On Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m., the group will perform a concert featuring works by Paul Creston, Alan Hovhaness, David Samuels, Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays and Craig Hetrick. An added attraction will be that the performance will be led by student conductors Matthew Rosensteele and Alex Helm. The program will be held in the atrium of the Julian Science and Mathematics Center.

The Percussion Ensemble is also pleased to host Michael Spiro in an artist residency at DePauw. In celebration of this event, Spiro, a Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussionist, will present a convocation discussing the history of Cuba through its music, which will feature live and recorded musical performances. You're invited to attend "The Story of Cuba through its Music," Thursday, April 19, at 1 p.m. on the stage of Kresge Auditorium.

On Saturday, April 21, Spiro's residency will culminate with a dinnertime concert with the visiting artist and the Percussion Michael Spiro.jpgEnsemble. It will take place in the Hub of the Memorial Student Union, and begins at 5 p.m. The concert will include jazz, Latin, and Afro-Cuban pieces.

All three of next week's events are presented free and are open to the public.

Michael Spiro is an internationally recognized percussionist, recording artist, and educator, known specifically for his work in the Latin music field. He has performed on thousands of records. His performing and recording credits include such diverse artists as David Byrne, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Dori Caymmi, Changuito, Ella Fitzgerald, Gilberto Gil, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ray Holman, Dr. John, Bobby McFerrin, Ray Obiedo, Chico O'Farrill, Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Santana, Grace Slick, Omar Sosa, Talking Drums, Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner and Charlie Watts. In addition, he has recorded soundtracks to such major motion pictures as Henry and June, True Stories, Eddie Macon's Run and Dragon: The Life of Bruce Lee.

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