The percussion group NEXUS will be in concert at 8 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Kobacker Hall, as part of the College of Musical Arts’ Festival Series.
The Toronto-based group will be performing “Chess Pieces” and “Dance Music for Elfrid Ide” by John Cage, “Prelude—Winter Song,” by Gordon Stout, “Drumming Part 1” and “Music for Pieces of Wood” by Steve Reich and “Kebjar-Bali” by William Cahn.
The first entirely improvised NEXUS concert in 1971 marked the formation of a group that would touch and entertain people of all levels of musical learning, in all genres of percussion music. The group stands out in the contemporary music scene for its innovation and diversity, as well as its impressive history of collaborations and commissions. NEXUS’s revival of the 1920s novelty ragtime xylophone and its influential improvisatory ideas sets the group apart from ordinary percussionists.
The group has embarked on tours of Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Brazil, Europe and, frequently, the United States and Canada. NEXUS is the first Western percussion group to perform in the People’s Republic of China. The group has also participated in several international music festivals.
NEXUS was asked to create the musical score for the National Film Board’s “Inside Time,” which won the 2008 Yorkton Golden Sheaf Award for best social/political documentary, and the 2008 Robert Brooks Award for cinematography. TV and radio broadcasters such as CBS, PBS and CBC have regularly featured this leading percussion ensemble.
As part of its festival appearance, the group will participate in a three-day residency. NEXUS will also hold a master class from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. The master class is free and open to the public.
Tickets for the concert are $36, $28 and $20 for adults and $29, $22 and $15 for students. There will be a $3 service charge on all tickets. For more information call 2-8171. Center box office hours are noon-6 p.m. weekdays.