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Third Coast Percussion Residency

Market Square Concerts brings Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion's "Perpetulum" and two educational programs to Harrisburg, PA.


Market Square Concerts presents Grammy award-winning Third Coast Percussion in a mini-residency which includes a performance of TCP’s new program “Perpetulum” at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, PA, as well as two educational outreach presentations: “Think Outside the Drum” for K-12 age students at Whitaker Center and a masterclass at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg for college level percussion students.

“Perpetulum” is Phillip Glass’s first ever composition for a percussion ensemble. The work was commissioned and premiered by Third Coast Percussion and the Chicago Tribune review praised its “… score rich in musical incident, its meters and textures constantly changing. Its embrace of pitched and non-pitched instrumentation immensely appealing to hear,” as well as noted that “a sense of joy pervaded all this music, thanks to the intricately interlocking figures Glass wrote and TCP’s fastidious execution of them.” TCP has built a richly varied program around “Perpetulum” with works by Augusta Read Thomas, Devonte Hynes, Peter Martin, Mark Applebaum, Robert Dillon and David Skidmore. This all-American contemporary program is presented by Market Square Concerts as part of an effort to raise awareness in the Central Pennsylvania community about the exciting creative developments in the genre of instrumental chamber music.

TCP’s “Think Outside the Drum” is a fun, interactive, and educational presentation introducing the building blocks of music (rhythm, melody, and timbre) through active participation in a series of interactive activities including clapping, singing, and a listening game. Students learn about the extraordinary range of percussion instruments that can be found in cultures around the world, as well as in their own kitchen cabinets. This program will be presented on the morning of January 16, 2020 at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts to a number of K-12 age students from Central PA schools. Market Square Concerts will collaborate on this aspect of TCP mini-residency with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Director of Education. The masterclass for college age percussion students at Messiah College will take place at 4 pm on January 16, 2020 at the Parmer Hall in High Center for Performing Arts. Market Square Concerts will collaborate with the Messiah College Music Department on this event. Messiah College Music Department currently includes over one hundred music major students and Market Square Concerts regularly presents masterclasses by world class performers in the recently built state of the art High Center for Performing Arts.

This project is one of the largest contemporary American classical music events in Central PA. Its role in advocacy for contemporary music and audience development cannot be overstated. The collaboration between several organizations required to make this happen is based in a uniquely collaborative relationships which Market Square Concerts enjoys with Messiah College, Harrisburg Symphony and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, because of MSC directors’ affiliations with these organizations and their background as performers and educators.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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January 16, 2020 | Menchanicsburg, PA
January 16, 2020 | Harrisburg, PA
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