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Percussion and Sax Ensembles Share Redfern Stage

KEENE, N.H., 03/16/09 - The KSC Percussion Ensemble, directed by Christopher Swist, will be joined by the KSC Saxophone Ensemble, directed by Craig Sylvern, for a spring performance on Thursday, April 2, at 7:45 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and younger. For tickets, call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The KSC Percussion Ensemble will perform Edgar Varèse’s Ionisation (the first piece written for percussion ensemble) and Mouture, a piece influenced by Ionisation and written by Denmark’s Gunnar Berg. This will be one of the first times Mouture will be played in the United States. The concert will also premier Three Sketches for Bass Clarinet and Percussion, a new work by KSC Professor Emeritus William Pardus. Pardus’ work is commissioned by multi- woodwind musician, Richard Prior of Enfield, Conn., a guest soloist in the performance.

The KSC Saxophone Ensemble will be performing a challenging transcription of J.S. Bach’s Finale from the Brandenburg Concerto No.3, as well as pieces by Edvard Grieg and Ronald Caravan. Additional works on the program include two pieces for saxophone and percussion by Mark Taggart and Bernhard Heiden.

Prior is a veteran music educator and has performed in New York City and throughout New England in bands, symphonies, and theatres. Directors Sylvern and Swist are on the music faculty at Keene State College.

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