Friday, January 6, 2006

Drumming to a Global Beat: Ethos Percussion Group in Concert at Washington College, January 29

Chestertown, MD, January 6, 2006 — The Washington College Concert Series invites the public to enjoy the innovative arrangements and cross-cultural rhythms of the Ethos Percussion Group at the College's Tawes Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Performing Arts Center, Sunday, January 29, at 4 p.m. Single tickets can be purchased at the door, $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth 18 and under.

For more than a decade, the Ethos Percussion Group has delighted audiences with a repertoire dedicated to the advancement of the percussive arts in performance and education. "Remarkably disciplined and cohesive...spellbinding...Ethos had the audience up and cheering," wroteThe Washington Post, and The Macon Telegraph praised the ensemble for its "glorious cacophony of sensational tones."

Ethos' success is a result of virtuosic and entertaining performances that demonstrate a wide variety of musical styles on an eclectic battery of instruments from around the globe. Ensemble members Trey Files, Eric Phinney, Yousif Sheronick, and David Shively are accomplished classical and world music artists, each with a distinctive background and musical perspective. Their substantial combined expertise is the source of Ethos' innovative programming, which integrates global instruments and playing styles into the conventions of Western chamber music to create a visually and aurally compelling experience. The ensemble's critically-acclaimed performances regularly feature numerous commissions and world premieres; traditional rhythms from India, West Africa, and the Middle East; and landmark works by composers such as John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Steve Reich.

For ticket information and a 2005-2006 season brochure, call 410-778-7839 or 800-422-1782, ext. 7839. Individual tax-deductible patron memberships begin at $75.00. Contributing patron memberships begin at $150.00, supporting at $250.00 and sustaining at $500.00. All membership packages include two tickets, and all donations over the price of the tickets are tax-deductible.

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