Performance Spotlight with Dr. Brad Meyer performing David Gillingham's "Concerto No. 2 for Marimba and Wind Ensemble" along with the Stephen F. Austin University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Fred J. Allen.
Robert Van Sice Signature Series M121 - M 126
About the soloist:
Dr. Brad Meyer (www.Brad-Meyer.com) is a percussion educator, artist, and composer with an extensive and diverse background. Currently, Brad is the Director of Percussion Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) where he directs the percussion ensemble, steel band (“Jacks of Steel”), and teaches private percussion lessons.
Dr. Meyer frequently tours to universities and high schools both nationally and internationally to present recitals, workshops, masterclasses, and clinics on various topics, including: electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, concert snare drum, marching percussion, percussion ensemble, steel band, and world music. His international performances and clinics have taken him to Austria, Taiwan, France, South Africa, and Slovenia.
Brad has been an active presenter/performer at numerous festivals and conventions, including: Texas Music Educators Association’s national convention, Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention, International Computer Music Conference, Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States’ Convention, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Graz’s (Austria) Night of Percussion, Chiayi’s (Taiwan) International Band Festival, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’s Intermedia Festival, and Transylvania University’s Studio 300 Festival.
Dr. Meyer was also a faculty member at the prestigious and historic Interlochen Arts Camp in 2015. Brad is a composer with several compositions for snare drum, multi-percussion, and percussion ensembles published through Bachovich Publications.
About the piece:
An intriguing, engaging, and challenging piece. Gillingham's Concerto No. 2 for Marimba is a must-try for all marimbists! The breakneck first movement sets a rapid pace for the turbulent musical passages throughout. Musical themes return in the second movement, but much slower with a delicate ensemble accompaniment. The lively third movement flirts with meter changes and mixed meter to create a sprightly feel to the movement leading to the solo cadenza and finale.
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