Steel Band and World Music Ensemble Spring Concert April 28


Posted on April 24, 2017 by Keith Bohnet Keith Bohnet


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USA Steel Band

USA's Steel Band and World Music Ensembles will present their joint Spring Concert on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. This annual event is filled with instruments and ensemble performances that will amaze and entertain you!

The USA Steel Band is dedicated to performing significant literature from the steel band repertoire, becoming familiar with percussion instruments and techniques, and learning about the cultures associated with the steel band movement throughout the Caribbean region. The music performed includes those indigenous to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as transcriptions and adaptations of other popular styles around the world to a steel drum ensemble.

The USA World Music Ensemble is an ensemble that focuses its repertoire on traditional, folkloric music and dance from other cultures. While the focus of the ensemble is musical, cultural contexts relevant to the music studied are inherently stressed, giving the students and the audience a deeper understanding of the music’s meaning and a greater personal enjoyment of the music played. The ensemble is taught mainly through oral tradition. This year the ensemble is proud to host Puerto Rican conguero, Luis Benetti, for their 2017 concert. Selections will include music from the Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Cuba.

Tickets for this Musical Arts Series event will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.

Need directions to Laidlaw? Just go to Google Maps at www.maps.google.com and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center." We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event! Call 251-460-7116 or email kbohnet@southalabama.edu. Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert! (Pass Holders only please! Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at www.southalabama.edu/music and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.


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