Lugano Percussion Ensemble
Acclaimed in Europe’s contemporary music scene, Lugano Percussion Ensemble is based in its namesake city in Switzerland’s only majority-Italian-speaking Canton. Its first members were students at the Swiss Italian Conservatory (CSI/Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana) led by Professor Mircea Ardeleanu. It focused on contemporary music with a particular attention to the fusion of musical and theatrical language elements and a continuous sound research. The current ensemble includes one principal conductor, six percussionists and is often accompanied by an assortment of solo instrumentalists.
The ensemble makes their Clarice debut with a program of world and U.S. premiere works by Chris Shultis, UMD composition professor Thomas Delio, Mathias Steinauer, Lars Heusser, Luca Steffelbach, Giacomo Platini and a pair of works by William Thomas McKinley, including the world premiere of Again the Distant Bells featuring vibist/marimbist Joe Locke.
This event is part of the Visiting Artist Series. The Clarice's Visiting Artist Series features regional, national and international artists who visit the University of Maryland for performances and other activities. Beyond the inspiring work these artists bring to the stage, they are also committed to extensive engagement that creates exciting connections with students and the community.
This engagement of Lugano Percussion is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This performance is also supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.
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