BRATTLEBORO,>> The UMass Percussion Ensemble performs at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door, free for BMAC members and youth 18 and under.
The concert includes traditional music for Ghanaian xylophone; an array of 20th century works by composers such as Maurice Ravel, John Cage, Paul Lansky, and others; and music composed as recently as 2015 by Argentine composer Alejandro Viñao.
"We are in the business of nurturing contemporary creative expression," said BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld. "Usually that's in the form of visual art, but when we have the opportunity to present outstanding music and musicians, we love to do so."
The UMass Percussion Ensemble consists of undergraduate and graduate percussion students at UMass Amherst. The ensemble is directed by Ayano Kataoka, a percussionist known for her brilliant and dynamic technique as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. A leading proponent of contemporary repertoire, Kataoka has participated in several consortiums to commission new works for solo marimba or chamber ensemble.
The musicians performing at BMAC on Saturday include Alex Alvarino, Alex Beltran, Lauren Chiodo, Aaron di Pilla, Paul Downing, Kyle DuBois, Lindsey Hartfelder, Seth Lampert, Rose Martin, Max Newman, Rob Rocheteau, and Brittany Ware.
The concert will be followed by a reception with the performers.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The museum's exhibits and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in the Union Station in Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.
Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and C&S Wholesale Grocers, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, People's United Bank, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, and Allen Brothers Oil.