MacRimba Performance at MacPhail School of Music

The MacPhail School of Music‘s MacRimba marimba ensemble performed an informal concert on November 14th. The concert featured the following pieces:

“Antonio Vivaldi Presto from Concerto Summer Op. 8 No 2. RV315” arranged by Aaron Williams

“Ancient Dances of Peten” arranged by Laurence Kaptain

“Three Concert Pieces for Eight Hands on Two Marimbas” by Earl Hatch edited by Robert Schietroma

“Spanish Dance” by E. Granados arranged Ron Fink

“Allegro from Quartett in C – KV 157” by W.A. Mozart Arranged by Lynn Glassock

Each semester that the MacRimba class performs we continue to increase the level of difficulty on the selections while still keeping a primary focus of having fun playing the marimba.

Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba at PASIC 2009

This year’s Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) is going on right now in Indianapolis, Indiana. I will not be able to attend but I wanted to post a couple highlights from “afar”.

The main one is selections from “Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba” will be at the Sagamore Ballroom today at 2pm. One early peek at a track from that performance from Thomas Burritt is “Have You Met Lydia?” which you can listen to at his Tumblr site.

Also be sure to stop by the Steve Weiss Music booth and say hi to (in my opinion) the best percussion store in the US. Pick up a copy of both volumes of the “Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba” book as well as the double CD which is pictured here from the @steveweissmusic Twitter account. If you are not at PASIC, buy Volume 1, Volume 2, and the double CD online!

I would love to hear how the ZMF 2009 session was received. Feel free to comment or include #pasic09 in your tweets so we can all catch the “buzz”!