Press Release for Tuesday, July 3, 2007

UNF Percussionist Hosts 'An Evening of 20th Century Music'

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

University of North Florida percussionist and music professor Charlotte Mabrey and friends will host “An Evening of 20th Century Music” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Fine Arts Center Lazzara Performance Hall on the UNF campus. There will be a special guest performance by Robert Arleigh White.

Opening the performance is a brand new work by Lee Hunter. As both artist and scientist, Hunter was very interested in doing a piece based on the phenomenon that the entire earth is vibrating at a specific frequency. Using the low vibration as a springboard for musical ideas, the performers create motive that begin to assimilate. The move from low, inarticulate sounds to a soundscape of precise rhythmic motives is quite a journey.

“Wind Chimes Beneath a Summer Rain,” a marimba solo by Robert McClure, will also be performed. This work presents several melodic ideas and rhythmic constructs. There is alternation of these motives until each finds its resting place.

Mabrey will be joined by members of the UNF Percussion Ensemble in a quartet by David Skidmore called “Echoes,” which starts with loud, sporadic drum sounds. These rumblings give way to simple concise rhythms.

Additionally, the work of Laura Evans will be featured during the concert in a piece by Martin Wesley-Smith. The piece, “White Knight and Beaver,” uses the marimba and pre-recorded sounds, accompanied by an original video.

Robert Arleigh White and Mabrey will conclude the evening with a new work, “Spoken For.” Combining spoken word, lighting, movement and music, this musical piece will explore the attempt to bring order where none will exist.

The first 500 people will receive a free gift. The concert is free to all UNF students and $10.00 for the public. All proceeds go towards the UNF Percussion Scholarship Fund. For more information or to order tickets, call (904) 620-2878.