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UC Presents Percussion Ensemble Concert


Williamsburg, Ky.,- On Tuesday, April 23rd, the University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Percussion Ensemble presented their spring concert in the Nell Moore Recital Hall located inside the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Center. Under the direction of James R. Corcoran, Jr., the group presented a very different and inspiring concert.

The group began the concert with a beautiful piece called the, “Welcome Piece.” As people walked through the doors to the recital hall, the performers greeted them with some form of percussion such as spoken words, tapping, stomping, or clapping. This was a warm and exciting way to welcome the audience and get them involved in the performance.

The next piece was called, “Boston Contemplation,” which was a tribute to those who were killed or wounded in the Boston bombing and to the families that were affected by it. The piece was very calm and quiet and presented a comfortable atmosphere to remember and bless those who experienced the traumatic event.

After a symbolic time of reflection, the Percussion Ensemble performed a piece with all bongo type drums called, “Hands Up,” followed by solo and small group performances. Freshman, Michael Peace, presented the song, “Suenos,” on the marimba as a soloist and sophomore, Jayson Smith, presented the song called, “Batuque Dida,” on the percussion set.

“The concert was great and I was really proud of everyone and their hard work,” expressed UC student, Jayson Smith. “We worked really hard and pulled out a great product and I couldn’t be happier with the performance we gave!”

To finish out the concert, Jayson Smith, Michael Peace, and the director, Jim Corcoran, played a song called, “Out of Frame.” This consisted of three marimbas playing similar melodies and rhythms in rounds. As a finale, the entire ensemble played a piece composed by M. Jordan Williams called, “Double Helix.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.