Press Release for Tuesday, July 29, 2008

UNF Percussionist Hosts Final '20th Century Music' Performance

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 special guests will host the final performance of the concert series “An Evening of 20th Century Music” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Fine Arts Center Lazzara Performance Hall on the UNF campus.

Mabrey’s 25th concert in the popular series will feature special guests and UNF students as well as performers from the Jacksonville area and beyond. The concert is free and open to the public, however donations will be accepted. All proceeds go towards the UNF Percussion Scholarship Fund. The first 500 people will receive a free gift.

The performance will be opened with an audience participation piece titled “Cross,” which requires as many hand-clappers that the stage will hold. All those interested should brush up on those rhythm-reading skills as a short rehearsal will be held backstage by the UNF Percussion Ensemble.

A marimba solo, “Memories of the Seashore,” will be performed by Keiko Abe and Greg Isabelle will join Mabrey in a rocking percussion duet, one that sounds like two drum set players doing a battle of the bands. Lee Hunter will also be performing “Wooden Music,” a piece that fully explores the sounds of traditional marimba writing, while UNF graduate Brad Hirsch will perform a steel pan piece with marimba accompaniment.

Additionally, Robert Arleigh White will join Mabrey in a look back and forward in a combination of old and new works. Rounding out the program will be the UNF Percussion Ensemble performing the ever popular “Rockin Rickey Rocket” as Mabrey tries to keep up in a wild drum set solo.

The concert is presented by the UNF Department of Music and is funded by UNF Student Government. For more information about this event, contact Ashley Earles-Bennett, UNF Department of Music, at (904) 620-2864.