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CWU Percussion Ensemble to Perform Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians

The Central Washington University Percussion Ensemble will perform Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians on May 28, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building.

Reich’s grammy-wining composition, Music for 18 Musicians, is a landmark composition that features intricate melodies, in-depth textures, and rich harmonies that cultivated his music for decades to come.

A performance of Music for 18 Musicians lasts approximately one hour and serves as a true endurance test for its performers.

“People need to see this concert,” said Mark Goodenberger, Director of Percussion Studies at CWU.  “Reich created one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. Due to the work’s intense complexity, the demand on its performers, and the rarity of it being performed live, this is a special occasion, not to be missed!”

The ensemble for Music for 18 Musicians is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from the percussion ensemble, as well as faculty members and professional musicians in the community.

“It is a humbling experience performing with such a wide variety of musicians,” said Kylle Strunk, a graduate music student at CWU. “It’s a truly unique piece that not only provides extraordinary sonic depth for its audience, but gives students a chance to perform with professionals.”

The concert will also present the premiere of Strunk’s composition Echo, commissioned by graduating percussionist Bobby Odle. The composition features Odle as a marimba soloist, accompanied by a percussion sextet.

Admission to the concert is free.

The CWU Department of Music is committed to preparing students for careers in music, providing them with the skill to become knowledgeable and confident music educators, performers, and practitioners, enabling them to enrich the lives of the communities in which they live and serve.

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