At 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, audiences will feel the boom from African drums and catch the groove from Argentina in the Student Percussion Recital.
Flam, paradiddles and ratamacues — world-class percussionist Michael Burritt makes gibberish sound really good.
In Bellinger Hall’s dimly lit basement, Burritt, who is head of percussion at University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, sat intently. His piercing eyes scanned the wide practice room as his young percussionists moved a variety of instruments to the room’s center.
Burritt has a rare gift for making practice fun. Chautauquans will have the opportunity to experience that during the student percussion recital from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.
Percussionists live in an exciting time, said Michael Burritt, professor of percussion at the Eastman School of Music.
The repertoire is ever-changing, and a growing number of composers are experimenting with the wealth of sound and colors available in percussion ensembles.