BRATTLEBORO — The UMass Percussion Ensemble invites the community to celebrate Leap Day at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Saturday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m.
The concert will feature works by Steve Reich, Nebojsa Zivkovic, and Toru Takemitsu, as well as newer, less frequently performed compositions by Christopher Dean and Viet Cuong. The Ensemble consists of 19 undergraduate and graduate percussion students from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, directed by Ayano Kataoka.
Kataoka is a percussionist and marimbist known for her dynamic technique as well as the elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. A leading proponent of contemporary repertoire, Kataoka has participated in several consortia to commission new works for solo marimba or chamber ensemble. She was the first percussionist to be chosen for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two.
The concert will take place in BMAC's Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Gallery.
“We love presenting music in the Museum's galleries,” said BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld, “especially contemporary music that resonates with the contemporary art on our walls.”
Admission is $5 at brattleboromuseum.org or at the door, free for BMAC members and youth 18 and under. The concert will be followed by a reception with the performers.