Interlochen Percussion Ensemble

October 11, 2015

The Percussion ensemble will perform its first concert with newly appointed percussion director, Keith Aleo, on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Repertoire includes a masterwork for percussion ensemble by Baljinder Sekhon titled Refuge. This piece incorporates a huge percussion setup as well as several extended techniques for percussion. (See Keith Aleo's Facebook to see the effects used in Refuge as well as a guessing game for all the pieces on the concert.)

The program also includes the rarely performed Sextet by Casey Cangelosi. An exciting and invigorating opener!

The students will take a "Coffee Break" between pieces to perform Mark and Ewelina Bernacka's Coffee Break. The piece uses coffee cups as instruments throughout! (Coffee Break was also featured in “Academy Collage.”)

Aleo says of his newly appointed role as director of percussion: “It is my distinct pleasure and honor to take over at Interlochen for my former teacher, Mr. John Alfieri. John has been an inspiration to me and SO MANY other percussionists around the world. His 30-plus years as the director of percussion at the Interlochen Arts Academy is a testament to his devotion to percussion education.”