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2011.09.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Percussion Music of Steve Reich in Concert Oct. 4 at UNO

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Percussion Ensemble will present a special concert featuring the percussion music of Steve Reich, in celebration of the composer’s 75th birthday, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Guest artists Terry Longshore and Brett Reed – of the percussion duo Skin & Bones and specialists in Reich's music – will perform with the UNO ensemble on Oct. 4.

The centerpiece of “The Percussion Music of Steve Reich: A 75th Birthday Concert” will be a full performance of his landmark 1971 work Drumming. Drumming features 16 musicians performing on drums, marimbas, glockenspiels, piccolo and voice.

Oct. 4 will also mark the first time Drumming has been performed in its entirety in Nebraska.

Reich was recently called the country’s “greatest living composer” (The New York Times) and “the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker).

He was a founder of the 1960s Minimalist movement. His works have been performed to great acclaim throughout the world.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with a pre-concert discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students with a valid ID (high school and college), and $15 for the general public.

Contact Tomm Roland, director of Percussion Studies, at troland@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3155 for more information.

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