Can a group of percussionists – and percussionists alone – make real music? Music that pleases the ear?
Yes, says Michelle Humphreys, director of the Percussion Ensemble of Towson University and National Music Festival Percussion Mentor. She and 15 young professional musicians will demonstrate that percussionists do more than keep the beat in a fireside concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at St Paul’s Parish, Kent, 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd., Chestertown.
“Many people never have a chance to hear a percussion concert except on a college campus. And most people who’ve heard one for the first time are amazed at the sonic variety,” Humphreys said. With both a marimba and a vibraphone among the instruments, there is no shortage of melody. Further, some listeners will catch melodic phrases in the less tonal instruments, such as tom-toms, maracas, claves and bongos, she said.
In addition to a cozy fire, complimentary light refreshments (homemade cookies, apple cider, and fresh goat cheese!) will be available at intermission. The afternoon performance is the second in the 2018-19 RESONANCE series presented by the National Music Festival. The series spotlights small groups in an intimate setting, often including musicians such as Humphreys who serve as mentors during the two-week summer festival that takes place in Chestertown each June.
The concert will also bring two members of the ensemble home to the Eastern Shore; Humphreys is a native of Salisbury and musician Haley Harbaugh hails from Grasonville.
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