Kent State University Orchestra Mixes the Classics With a New Work for Percussion
The Kent State University Orchestra presents its third concert of the 2017-2018 season on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. The orchestra will be joined by Matt Holm, D.M.A., director of percussion studies at Kent State, to premiere the orchestrated version of Josh Gottry’s Transitions for Percussion and Orchestra. Cartwright Hall is at 650 Hilltop Drive on the Kent Campus. Advance tickets are available online, in person and over the phone through the Performing Arts Box Office.
The Kent State Orchestra, directed by Jungho Kim, D.M.A., will perform classic works alongside a new work by Mr. Gottry. Audience members will first be treated to Wagner’s bold Prelude to Die Meistersinger. Next on the program will be Mr. Gottry’s Transitions for Percussion and Orchestra. Concluding the concert will be Beethoven’s tonally adventurous and rhythmically distinct Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.
As director of percussion studies at Kent State, Dr. Holm teaches applied lessons, percussion methods courses and percussion ensemble. Dr. Holm has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony and the Orchestra of the Americas. As a concert marimbist, Dr. Holm has competed and performed internationally, and makes regular appearances at regional and national "days of percussion." Dr. Holm is also a strong advocate of new music and has performed with the Janus Percussion Duo, Penumbra Percussion Duo, Crossing 32nd Street and the Arizona Contemporary New Music Ensemble (ACME).
Mr. Gottry earned his B.M. in percussion performance at Northern Arizona University and a M.M. in composition at Arizona State University. He has successfully established himself as a highly regarded percussion instructor and performer, and as an internationally recognized composer. Currently, he serves as adjunct music faculty for Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Grand Canyon University, teaching courses in percussion, music theory and composition, and music humanities. Additionally, he works with percussion ensembles and private percussion students at all grade levels as a clinician and within his private lesson studio. Mr. Gottry's performance record spans more than 25 years with experience including professional orchestras, musical theater, community and chamber ensembles, as well as solo performances and recitals.
The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus and is open from noon-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State faculty and staff, $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons, and $8 for non-Kent State students and Kent State students ineligible for the Fee for Free. Tickets are free for full-time Kent State undergraduate students and those under 18. Please visit www.kent.edu/music/buy-tickets to purchase tickets. Free parking is available off Terrace Drive. Tickets also will be available at the door.