Percussion Ensemble to Present Free Concert

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Gifford Howarth, associate professor of music, will perform a free concert on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Haas Center for Performing Arts, Mitrani Hall.

To commemorate his 12th anniversary of working at the university, Howarth will perform pieces he has done throughout the years along with his percussion ensemble arrangement of “Leyenda,” by Issac Albéniz. Also known as “Asturias,” Albéniz’s composition is well-known for its arrangement for classical guitar.

Accompanied by several percussion music major alumni, the BU’s Percussion Ensemble will also perform a marimba orchestra arrangement of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. The BU ensemble will use ten marimbas for this unique work. Featured in several movie and television scores, including Platoon and The Elephant Man. Ranked among the most popular 20th-century classical works, the Adagio for Strings was first performed in 1938 in a performance director by Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini, who had fled fascism under Mussolini. The work was performed at the funerals of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein and Princess Grace.

The concert will also include a combination of trios, quartets and quintets featuring an assortment of mallet instruments, Afro-Cuban instruments and drums.

Howarth is a marimbist and percussionist, a National Yamaha performing artist, a signature artist for the Vic Firth Company and a clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company and Remo Drumheads. He has presented clinics and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.