2017-03-17 / Arts & Entertainment

Southern Exposure’s new music series ends the season with a bang

Third Coast Percussion with composer Donnacha Dennehy performs March 24
Contributed by Southern Exposure

Third Coast Percussion Third Coast Percussion Fresh off their 2017 Grammy win as “Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance” for their album Thi rd Coast Percussion: Steve Reich, Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion will end Southern Exposure’s 2016- 17 season with a bang.

The concert will take place Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly Street. Admission is free. Arrive early for this popular series as seats fill to capacity

Third Coast, the first percussion ensemble ever to win a Grammy in a chamber music category, will be playing some of the music that has helped make them superstars: Reich’s iconic Mallet Quartet. You can hear them playing the third movement of this piece live on the Grammys, along with improvising saxophonist Ravi Coltrane at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=meZ6CD6tVg8&t =6s.

The most ambitious piece on Third Coast’s program, however, is perhaps Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy’s 30-minute-long Surface Tension, an astounding piece that includes tubing attached to drums in order to smoothly bend the pitch while playing. It’s inspired in part by techniques used to play the bodhran, a traditional Irish frame drum, and like much of the composer’s music has been praised for its “haunting” qualities and “electric energy” ( New York Times, February 11, 2016).

Dennehy, who teaches at Princeton and is one of the brightest lights in the classical composition world, will be in attendance at the concert and will speak about his piece.

This Southern Exposure concert will feature visual art by Camden native and Columbia resident J. Michael McGuirt, on display in the USC Music Library, School of Music second floor, during the weeks surrounding the concert.

For more information, visit thirdcoastpercussion.com or www.sc.edu/music/southern-exposure.

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