Saturday, June 24, 2006, 2:30 p.m.
UNF PERCUSSION QUINTET
Charlotte Mabrey Professor of Percussion, University of North Florida, Principal Percussionist, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
Members of the UNF Percussion Ensemble:
Simion Fabian | Will Hall | Kristen Hampton | Matt Wardell
The UNF Percussion Ensemble is an active performing group at UNF. Members of the ensemble are both classical and jazz majors performing percussion repertoire.The ensemble is building a reputation for performing works of area composers as well as standard percussion literature. Over the years the ensemble has performed at PASIC, as guests of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and as invited performers for several functions at UNF. Often the Percussion Ensemble visits area schools to perform concerts. The audiences include area elementary, high school and college students. Members of the ensemble often perform as a part of " An Evening of 20th Century Music." This annual event has grown in popularity over the years until there is standing room only for this one night affair. The concert also serves as a fund raiser for UNF Scholarships.
Notes on the Composers
JAMES ROMIG (b. 1971)
A dedicated educator, James Romig is a member of the faculty at Western Illinois University, and is a frequent guest lecturer at other music schools, including Northwestern University, Interlochen, the University of Illinois, and The Juilliard School of Music. He conducts and records with the Luna Nova New-music Ensemble, and is co-director of The Society for Chromatic Art, based in New York City. Professor Romig holds a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Rutgers University, and undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Iowa, and his teachers included Charles Wuorinen and Milton Babbitt. Romig says his music “celebrates dramatic balance, exuberant instrumental virtuosity, and rigorous formal integrity.”
Christopher Deane is assistant professor in percussion at the University of North Texas. Previously he was the principal timpanist of the Greensboro Symphony and a regular performer as both percussionist and timpanist with the North Carolina Symphony. He has performed with numerous orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Deane's chamber music experience includes performances with the Aeolian Chamber Players, the Percussion Group Cincinnati, the Mallarme Chamber Players, and the New Century Saxophone Quartet. He is a founding member of the Philidor Percussion Group.
Deane has won both first and second prize in composition from the Percussive Arts Society. A number of his compositions are considered standard percussion repertoire and are played internationally. Deane has appeared as a performer, composer, or clinician at seven Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. Deane is an Artist/Educator clinician for Innovative Percussion Company and Sabian Cymbals.
Jane Boxall hails from York, England, and is a doctoral candidate in percussion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the drummer of the Illinois-based rock duo Triple Whip, along with bassist Holly Rushakoff.
Mad Hatters is scored for four players, each with a hi-hat and woodblock (graduated from highest to lowest in pitch), and the piece offers some unique interaction between the parts. Players utilize “open” and “closed” hi-hat as well as stick clicks and woodblocks to achieve some interesting visual and aural effects.
Mark Ford is the coordinator of percussion activities at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and Immediate Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a marimba specialist and is the author of Marimba:Technique Through Music, a marimba method book. Ford has been a featured performer and clinician throughout the U.S., and also at international music festivals in South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. His solo marimba CDs, Motion Beyond and Polaris, have received outstanding reviews. As a composer Mark Ford has written several popular works for solo marimba and percussion ensemble, and his compositions have been performed at universities and concert halls throughout the world and also featured on National Public Radio. Mark was the first percussionist composer to be invited by the prestigious Van Cliburn Foundation to present a performance/lecture on his compositions for the Modern at the Modern performance series in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Charles Boone (b. 1939)
Charles Boone is among the resident faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he teaches studio and history courses that relate sound and music to other art forms. His musical works have been performed by the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and others. He has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts and the San Francisco Symphony, and has been a composer-in-residence for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). His writings have appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Tribune, Leonardo, Arts and Architecture, and Threepenny Review.
Ross Edwards (b. 1943)
Australian composer Ross Edwards has created a unique sound world which seeks to reconnect music with elemental forces and restore such qualities as ritual, spontaneity and the impulse to dance. His early teachers included Peter Sculthorpe, Richard Meale, Sandor Veress, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Intensely aware of his vocation as a composer, Edwards has largely followed his own path, rejecting most of the standard prerequisites for career development and depending on the music's ability to speak for itself. His music celebrates Australia's cultural diversity, and draws many of its shapes and patterns from the natural environment of his homeland, including birdsong and the "mysterious drones of summer insects."
The composer writes that his Marimba Dances (1983) "is a light-hearted (though highly virtuosic) piece that consists of two radiant dances framing an introspective, recitative-like interlude. ...The marimba writing is influenced by a transcription I made of music for African harp in my reconstruction of a Madegascan folksong."
Eugene Novotney (b. 1960)
Eugene Novotney received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music Degree & Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Illinois with emphasis in Percussion, Composition, and Ethnomusicology, and has studied traditional folkloric percussion idioms in South America and Africa. He has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony, the Sioux City Iowa Symphony, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, and the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and has served on the faculty of the University of Illinois and the University of South Dakota. Presently, he is Associate Professor of Music at California State University-Humboldt. His has released recordings on several different labels, and his compositions and arrangements have been performed internationally.
Since 1977, Professor Mabrey has been the principal percussionist of the Jacksonville Symphony. As a result, she has performed as soloist with the JSO on several occasions, including on Milhaud’s “Concertino”, Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto for Marimba and Strings”, and “Concerto for Percussion” by Richard Rodney Bennett as a part of the JSO Master Works Series.
Professor Mabrey’s duties at UNF include applied percussion lessons, percussion techniques, the “Live Music in Jacksonville” lecture class, and conducting the UNF Percussion Ensemble, which is extremely active both on and off campus. The group’s performances include area colleges, at guest artists with the JSO, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
Each year Professor Mabrey presents as entertaining and eclectic recital at UNF titled, “An Evening of 20th Century Music.” These innovative programs include works for solo marimba, multiple percussion and chamber ensembles, as well as original works with fellow artist, Robert Arleigh White. In 1997, Professor Mabrey established the “Evening of 20th Century Music” Scholarship Program.
In 2001, Professor Mabrey was named Distinguished Professor at UNF.