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- Third Coast Percussion
Pardon the pun, but Third Coast Percussion really were quite a "hit". Ensemble Music Society has a penchant for selecting great groups to bring to Indy, and they kept up with that trend with the percussion quartet. Made up of Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore, they gave an extraordinary performance, where all sorts of instruments (well over 300) were struck in some manner, creating all sorts of sonic goodness and variety. They began with John Cage's Third Construction, a rhythmically varied and complex work, that started with simple concert toms, and grew from there, with a conch rallying the end of the piece. Their accuracy and precision was stunning. Two of the percussionists were joined by guest pianists Daniel Scholsberg and Amy Briggs for the second work, George Crumb'sMusic for Summer Evening (Markrokosnos III), and they were a meticulous, musical pair, completely at home with contemporary classical music. The evening closed with Resounding Earth, by Augusta Reade Thomas, a work entirely for bells,and composed specifically for the group. The first three movements focused on a different bell from a particular culture, and the last movement culminated in all their different sonorities coming together.It was an eclectic, dynamic evening and was far more than a bunch of dudes hitting stuff with sticks; it was a night brimming with precision, musicality, and passion.
Third Coast Percussion performed on Nov. 14 at the Tobias Theater of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.