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If you have heard the sound of drums on campus, your ears are not playing tricks on you. Chances are it’s the sound of the University of the Sciences Kingsessing Singers and Players' latest musical group, the Percussion Ensemble.
The newly formed group will make its debut performance on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the McNeil STC Atrium during the annual USciences Kingsessing Singers and Players concert. The concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will also be provided.
Led by David Nelson, timpanist for the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, the founding members of the Percussion Ensemble include Christopher Williams PharmD’21, Noelle Dayal BS’19, Chris Dorian PharmD’19, and Richard Howley BI’17.
The set list for the concert features "Street Dance" with Williams and Dorian as soloists, "Soul Bossa Nova,” about which Howley has cryptically said, "We won't even need instruments to play…” and "The Battle of the Samurai" which has been drumline-style choreographed by Nelson and Dayal.
The music for the fall concert was inspired by this year’s Misher Festival of Arts and Humanities theme: “Food for Thought.” Many of the pieces performed by the Kingsessing Players and Singers have some connection to food, or present some other thought-provoking points to ponder.
The Guitar Ensemble, directed by Russ Ferrara, will dish up a tasty offering that includes an arrangement of “Possum and Taters – A Ragtime Feast,” and Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man.”
The student-led, a cappella group, the Keytones will sing a mash up of “Is There Somewhere,” arranged by Leigh Kissinger, originally performed by Halsey and Tove Lo; a mash up of “I Know Places/Wildest Dreams,” arranged by Reena Concepcion, originally performed by Taylor Swift; and “White Winter Hymnal” by Penatonix.
The Chorus and Chamber Choir repertoire includes an arrangement of “If Music Be the Food of Love,” two pieces by Whitacre – “A Boy and a Girl” and “This Marriage” – and Vaughan Williams’ rollicking arrangement of “Wassail Song.”
If you would like to join the ranks of the Percussion Ensemble (or the Jazz, Wind, Brass, String, or Guitar Ensembles), contact Music Program Director Kim Robson at email@example.com or Recruitment Coordinator Chris Dorian at firstname.lastname@example.org.