The Lehman Percussion Ensemble was revived in the spring of 2007, after a long period of inactivity. The group plays music composed for only percussion instruments, although occasionally additional vocal and/or instrumental musicians are included. The concept of a "percussion ensemble" is only about 50 years old, but has gained a large following and now has a huge literature written for assorted drums, melodic percussion, sound effects and pots and pans. The repertoire ranges from camp to dead serious.
The ensemble has already premiered a number of works and each spring hosts the percussion ensemble from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. In 2008 Lehman traveled to Dublin to perform in a festival of contemporary percussion works. The plans for this year include a performance of a commission written by Don Knaack, "Healing 2010" for ten percussion, four saxophones and soprano.
Spring 2011 Percussion Ensemble Concerts:
Thursday, March 10, 2011, 12:00 p.m.
Works for percussion ensemble, including a joint performance with students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. This year marks the 11th annual collaboration between the RIAM and CUNY. (Please note, this date is tentative. Exact scheduling of the RIAM students was not known at time of publication).
Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:00 noon
Hearth Room (3rd floor, Music Building)