So Percussion To Perform 2009 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer’s New Work at Amherst College March 27

March 2, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195

AMHERST, Mass. – The inaugural season of the Music at Amherst Parallels Series continues with a performance by So Percussion on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the ArmsMusicCenter at AmherstCollege. The ensemble will perform new works by Princeton professors Dan Trueman and Steve Mackey and 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Reich. Tickets are available for purchase beginning March 15 through the Amherst College Concert Office.

Reich’s new Mallet Quartet recently had its U.S. premiere at StanfordUniversity, where So Percussion’s performance of the piece was labeled “irresistible” by the San Jose Mercury News. The 15-minute piece, which was written for So Percussion, is composed for two marimbas and two vibraphones. In the words of reviewer Georgia Rowe, the piece “employs the instruments’ soft, liquid sound to beguiling effect.”

Also on the program are the new works It is Time by Mackey, an eclectic composer/guitarist, and 120 BPM, Feedback by Trueman. Both pieces will be premiered at Carnegie Hall in March 2010 as part of the American Journeys: Off the Beaten Track series at Zankel Hall.

Tickets for the March 27 can be obtained by calling 413/542-2195 or emailing concerts@amherst.edu. Prices are $15 for the general public; $12 for seniors and AmherstCollege employees; $10 for students with ID.

For a complete listing of upcoming Amherst College Department of Music events, visit us on the web: http://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

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