Utah State University hosts the Pendulum Duo in concert Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Theatre of the Chase Fine Arts Center on the Logan campus.
“We are excited to have this internationally-renowned percussion duo here on campus,” said Jason Nicholson, professor and director of the percussion program in the Caine College of the Arts. “They are phenomenal percussionists and with their incredibly high level of musicianship the students will greatly benefit from this experience.”
Audiences have a chance to appreciate the duo’s skill as well.
Featuring percussion works composed in the past century, the performance includes techniques and instruments from around the world. For several of the pieces, students will perform alongside the guest artists. While in Logan, the duo will also teach master classes and clinics for students and community members interested in attending.
“To have talent like this in Cache Valley is not a rare occurrence, but what makes this an excellent opportunity is to have two professional musicians here for four days, working closely with students,” Nicholson said.
The Pendulum Duo, with Joseph Krygier and Susan Powell, was formed in 1992. Performing a variety of styles, the duo has performed throughout the United States and in Mexico, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden and Canada. Krygier received his master’s degree in performance from Northwestern University and is a senior lecturer at Ohio State University’s School of Music. Powell is a professor and director of percussion studies at the School of Music at Ohio State University and is an active composer of percussion pieces.
The duo’s trip to Utah State was made possible through sponsorship by Malletech, a manufacturer of mallet percussion instruments, and Zildjian, a manufacturer of cymbals.
The Pendulum Duo performance on Oct. 2 is in the Morgan Theatre, located in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information on the concert or to purchase tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website.
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