BMAC presents music for percussion ensemble, Dec. 1

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents the UMass Percussion Ensemble in concert on Saturday, Dec.1 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door, free for BMAC members and youth 18 and under.

The program features five works for a variety of percussion instruments, including Steve Reich's "Music for Pieces of Wood," Alejandro Vinao's "Book of Grooves," Jennifer Higdon's "Splendid Wood" for marimba sextet, and percussion quartets by Andy Akiho and Aurel Hollo.

The UMass Percussion Ensemble consists of 14 undergraduate and three graduate percussion students at UMass Amherst, directed by Ayano Kataoka. Kataoka is 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.

"We love presenting music in the museum's galleries," said BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld, "especially contemporary music that resonates with the contemporary art on our walls. Hearing the powerful and transportive sounds of the UMass Percussion Ensemble while surrounded by Emily Mason's evocative abstract paintings is going to make for a stirring, multi-sensory experience."

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 galleries 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 historic Union Station in downtown 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

Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.



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