Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UNF's Annual Percussion Show Is Back for the 23rd Time

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UNF's Annual Percussion Show Is Back for the 23rd Time

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The countdown is under way. University of North Florida music professor Charlotte Mabrey has reached the final three of her annual summer percussion concerts.

Mabrey will present her 23rd annual An Evening of 20th Century Music on Saturday in the UNF Lazzara Theater. She plans to stop producing the annual percussion show with her 25th annual concert in 2008.

"That's what I've heard her say," said Robert White, executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, who has performed in Mabrey's annual concerts for about 20 years. "I think she's pretty serious about it."

As in past years, this year's concert will feature a wide range of percussion styles. Mabrey, who has a long and unique percussion resume, works hard to create a concert that moves seamlessly from one piece to another while remaining fresh and interesting. She says programming percussion pieces for an entire show is a challenge.

"Multiple percussion pieces can be really trying on an audience," Mabrey said.

Saturday's concert will open with Ney Rosauro's Cenas Amerindias. This contrasting piece showcases all wooden instruments - such as marimba, bamboo wind chimes, temple blocks and wood blocks - in the first movement and all metal instruments - including the vibraphone, four cymbals, cowbell, triangle and crotale - in the second movement.

The second piece will feature Mabrey performing a percussion solo. Funketude by Bruce Hamilton is a rhythmical work that uses several drums and cymbals. Mabrey says it is a funky, perpetual motion piece that sounds like a "groovy drum set solo."

Marubatoo by John Wyre offers a change of pace. This tranquil piece for mallet percussion weaves marimbas, vibes and crotales into a dreamy sound that Mabrey describes as harmonically satisfying. UNF students Kristen Hampton, Simion Fabian, Matt Wardell and Will Hall perform with Mabrey on Marubatoo.

The next piece, Tricks, by Rupert Kettle, shifts the tranquility. Featuring Mabrey and Wardell, the percussionists follow a fancy performance path and perform on several instruments in this piece.

"It's set up in such a way that we move from one instrument to another," Mabrey said. …

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