Surge
UNIV. OF HOUSTON PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE Surge TROY816 - Price: $16.99
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A must for lovers of percussion music.

The University of Houston Percussion Ensemble serves as the cornerstone of the Department of Percussion studies at the University's Moores School of Music. Established in 1997 and directed by Dr. Blake Wilkins, the Ensemble has steadily gained recognition throughout the state of Texas through appearances on campus and in public schools. The group achieved further distinction when it performed at the 2002 Texas Music Educator's Convention. Their selection as Winner in the 2003 Percussive Arts Society Percussion Ensemble Competition and its appearance at the 2003 Percussive Arts International Convention has secured its reputation internationally as a leader in percussion performance. Since its inception, the Ensemble has given the world or U.S. premieres of a number of new works. In the fall of 2002 it also initiated its Commissioning Project to encourage new works for the medium. Two of the works on this new disc, Donald Grantham's Houston Strokes and Rob Smith's Surge were among the first in this series. Percussion music has proven over the years to be phenomenally popular with performers as well as listeners. This release is an exceptional addition to the catalog; and wait until you hear Vaughan-Williams' Thomas Tallis Fantasia arranged for five marimbas and two vibraphones!
Contents:
Rob Smith, composer
Surge
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Donald Grantham, composer
Houston Strokes
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Blake M. Wilkins, composer
Melos
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Bruce Hamilton, composer
Raptures of Undream
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Kevin Erickson, composer
At the Dawn of War
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Review:
"...a crackerjack ensemble, capable of handling a wide range of repertoire." (Sequenza.com)
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