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The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will present its first Sunday recital at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Charlevoix on September 25, at 4:00 PM. The performance features the Drumheads, From a Whisper to a Roar: the Many Colors of Percussion. Please join us in welcoming this unique group of musicians with diverse backgrounds performing on percussion drums: Tim Mocny, Ken Yagiela and Ben Yats.
Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra also invites you to our Annual Meeting after the performance. The board members and staff have much good news to share with our membership and look forward to seeing you there.
The Drumheads will perform music by Daniel Levitan’s (b. 1953) Recitative, an arrangement of the second movement of his Concerto for Marimba with Percussion Orchestra; Stop Speaking, by Andy Akiho (b. 1979), written for solo snare drum and implementing a unique approach where all words and timings between the snare and computer have been completely composed using Microsoft Word Document; Trance, by David Friedman (b. 1944), inspired by Baroque music which lent itself especially well to the marimba and vibraphone; Blade, by Benjamin Finley (b. 1975) using a series of hemiola-driven rhythmic gestures to weave a seemingly complex tapestry of percussive sound and underwritten by a common recurring melodic theme which travels freely among all voices; The Indian Classical table solo that generally follows a fixed form, beginning with a slow composition in Vilambit tempo, followed by faster tempo compositions in Madhya tempo and Drut tempo. The traditional accompaniment is adapted here for keyboard percussion instruments.
Lastly, they will perform the three movements of Trio Per Uno (1995/1999) by Nebojša Jovan Živković (b. 1962), which expresses the principle: “three bodies, one soul”. Many of the rhythmic patterns are played in unison, then split between the players in a “trialogue,” expressing this principle. The opportunities for improvisation in the 1st and 3rd movements make for more interesting and unhindered drumming energy.
Tim Mocny is an active performer, educator, and arranger based in mid-Michigan and is the principal timpanist/percussionist for the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra, the co-principal timpanist/percussionist for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and the principal percussionist for the Saginaw Eddy Concert Band. He also performs regularly with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Sinfonietta, and the Flint Symphony Orchestra.
Ken Yagiela is a recent graduate of Central Michigan University where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He is an active performer, educator, and composer in the Mid-Michigan area. Ken has had the privilege to play with a number of exceptional ensembles such as the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Grand Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and the Saginaw Eddy Band.
Ben Yats is currently a Masters student at Central Michigan University, where he studies percussion with Dr. Andrew Spencer. He is active in teaching undergraduates at CMU, facilitating hand drum courses, teaching the CMU Drumline, as well as performing with various ensembles and groups within the University. Outside of CMU, he has attended Shawn Mativetsky’s week long Tabla Clinic in Montreal, assisted with percussion clinics at the Wheatland Music Festival, as well as competed in the NAABA (National Association of American Brass Bands) Fort Wayne competition with the Percussion Quartet, Due North.
The Sunday Series of programs are presented free of charge by the generous support of Board Trustee, Carolyn Klender. The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra produces live orchestral performances that provide entertainment, education and inspiration for Northern Michigan. Support for the orchestra is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Frey Foundation, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, and hundreds of individual patrons.
For more information about the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, go to www.glcorchestra.org or call 231-487-0010.