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February 3, 2011

Ethos Percussion Group Performs at Williams Center Feb. 8

Ethos Percussion Group, copyright Peter Serling, 2005 all rights reserved

Ethos Percussion Group, a quartet of virtuosos on percussion instruments from far-flung global cultures, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Williams Center for Arts.

The performance features Steve Reich’s masterpiece “Drumming,” as well as compositions by Dafnis Prieto, John Hollenbeck, Susie Ibara, and other composers influenced by world music traditions from Guinea, West Africa, and the Caribbean. The ensemble’s skill with mallet instruments and traditional Western sounds, with ravenous explorations of diverse hand-drumming traditions of Africa, South America, Asia, and India, leads them boldly into enthralling, charismatic performances.

Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $5 for faculty and staff, and $18 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.The final performance in the 2010-11 Sound Alternatives series will be Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar on March 22.

Yousif Sheronick, Lafayette’s Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence, and other

members of Ethos will work with music students and conduct a clinic with the Lafayette Percussion Ensemble during the group’s two-day residency Feb. 7-8.The residency and the performance are presented under the provisions of the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence program.

The 2010–2011 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Dr. Aaron O. Litwak ’42 Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for its sustaining support.

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