LA Phil Press Release

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Takemitsu and Tchaikovsky . . . a “marriage made at Disney” NEXUS performs in Three Sold-Out Concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra 2003/2004 Season NEXUS, the Toronto-based percussion group now in its 33rd season of solo and symphony appearances, was the featured guest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra on the orchestra’s classical subscription… Read more »

Some Thoughts and Information Concerning Cymbals

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Percussionists who perform in symphony orchestras form a relationship with their instruments that is esoteric, often arcane, and little understood by other musicians and the general public. Although most people have seen and heard cymbals, gongs and bells, for example, very few have had the experience of listening to one of them intimately and intently… Read more »

Nexus Percussion Group Earns Ovation – Kalamazoo Michigan

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Friday, November 7, 2003 By Matt Steel Special to the Gazette In the Western world, percussion instruments have lagged behind other instruments of the orchestra and concert stage in achieving true artistic equality. This is not the case in much of the rest of the world. In India, a classically trained percussionist would not think… Read more »

Pops & Family Repertoire With Symphony & Chamber Orchestra

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1) “An African Celebration” A concert featuring authentic Ghanaian music and arrangements of African music for orchestra with master drummers. Exciting West African drumming plus the rousing Concerto for African Percussion Ensemble and Orchestra by the popular American composer Bill Douglas. A truly inspiring presentation that provides a multi cultural experience for your community. “…. Read more »

Jazz Festival Program

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JAZZ FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING NEXUS Jazz Festival Program Jazz (jaz), n. 1. Music. a. A style of music, characterized by melodious themes, subtly syncopated dance rhythms, and varied coloring. b. A name for the 20th- century style in music which came to be distinguished from its predecessors, Ragtime and Blues. c. A musical form which originated… Read more »

Silent Film Accompaniments

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A LIST OF FILM OPTIONS 1) “TEDDY AT THE THROTTLE” (A Mack Sennett Silent Film – 1916) music arr. by William Cahn (b.1946) Mack Sennett’s great silent comedy, Teddy At The Throttle, was made at the height of the silent film era. Between the years 1915 and 1930 many musicians were employed by movie theaters… Read more »

NEXUS announces Zwilich Commission Premiere Date

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For Immediate Release : NEXUS Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Robin Engelman, Russell Hartenberger, Garry Kvistad Announces the Premiere of a New Work for Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich The premiere date is March 6, 2004 with the IRIS Orchestra under the direction of its Principal Conductor, Michael Stern NEXUS, the internationally… Read more »

Creative Music-Making

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(Four Simple Steps to Cultivating the Inner Musician) A Workshop Presented by Bill Cahn EQUIPMENT NEEDED- audio cassette (or DAT, CD, MD) recorder, mic(s), amp, speaker(s), marimba(s), vibraphone, 5 pairs of marimba mallets What is Creative Music Making? Creative Music Making is an interactive workshop in which musicians and music teachers of any age, student… Read more »

Montreal Symphony – Lanaudiere Festival Review

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ILSE ZADROZNY The Montreal Gazette Sunday, June 29, 2003 Hard to imagine a more auspicious upbeat to the Lanaudiere Festival season than its opening concert yesterday. Many thanks to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, its principal conductor, Jacques Lacombe, and to the five members of the Toronto percussion group Nexus for an outstanding evening. The program… Read more »

Solo Education Concert

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SOLO EDUCATION CONCERT EXAMPLES Solo Educational Concerts NEXUS educational concerts for young people are normally one-hour programs narrated by members of NEXUS with demonstrations of percussion instruments. Recent concerts have been entitled, “People Places and Percussion,” (Carnegie Hall) and “Music for Drums & Things” (sponsored by Chicago Symphony – see below). Sample Program – “Music… Read more »

A NEW COMPACT DISC BY NEXUS (NEXUS CD #10713)

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ANNOUNCING A NEW COMPACT DISC BY NEXUS (NEXUS CD #10713) DRUMTALKER The newest CD by the internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble NEXUS features the premier recordings of two major works for percussion quintet: The Invisible Proverb by NEXUS member Russell Hartenberger; and Percussion Sonata Number 2 by Grammy Award-winning composer Peter Schickele. Also included are four… Read more »

Photos from the University of Minnesota – Ted Mann Concert Hall

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April 8 University of Minnesota – Ted Mann Concert Hall – Craig Carnahan, producer Fernando Meza, Percussion Instructor. On the 6th we flew to Minneapolis and had some down time; opportunities to rest after a very busy couple of days. Some of us checked out the Gerry Museum just down the street. Turned out to… Read more »

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