Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.
Percussion Group Cincinnati was founded in 1979 and consists of members Allen Otte, James Culley, and Russell Burge, all of whom are faculty members and ensemble-in-residence at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Their daily rehearsal schedule is supplemented with the teaching and coaching of young musicians, and their appearances include the major cities, festivals, concert halls and schools of America, Europe, and Asia. In addition to community concerts, workshops, and masterclasses, the Group regularly appears as concerto soloists with symphony orchestras, and has presented their children’s program Music From Scratch across North America. Percussion Group Cincinnati is particularly respected for its knowledge of and experience with the entire range of the music of John Cage, having made tours and festival appearances with him in Europe and America.
red fish blue fish is the resident percussion ensemble of UC San Diego, and functions as a laboratory for the development of new percussion techniques, sounds, and music. The group has toured widely, including performances at Lincoln Center, the Park Avenue Armory, the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, the Agora Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series, the National Gallery of Art, the Centro des Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and the Taipei International Percussion Conference. The group has recorded for Tzadik and Mode Records. A recently released three-CD set of the complete percussion works of Iannis Xenakis and a DVD of Roger Reynolds' “Sanctuary” were received with great critical acclaim. Contributions to the complete percussion works of John Cage and the entire early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen are forthcoming on Mode Records in 2012.
Benjamin Toth, Professor of Percussion at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, has presented concerts, radio and television broadcasts, master classes, and children's programs throughout Europe and the United States, as well as in Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, and Trinidad. His over 30-year performing career has provided for extensive success as a percussionist.