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Start Time: 6/24/2014 2:49:00 PM
Location: Ames, IA
End Time: 6/28/2014 2:49:00 PM
Website: www.hearMatthewColey.com/HeartlandMarimba
What: Heartland Marimba Festival When: June 24-28, 2014 Where: Ames, IA Who: Matthew Coley, Marimba One Solo Artist and Iowa State University Faculty with Chad Jacobsen, featured recording engineer (ISU) Steven Simpson, feature composer (Michigan) and Korey Barrett, piano (University of Northern Iowa) Adam Groh, marimba (Graceland University, Lamoni) Dan Krumm, marimba (Des Moines) Bridget Leahy, marimba (Defiance College, Ohio) Brian McNulty, piano and marimba (Indiana ? University?) Julie Sturm, cello (ISU) How Much: Various ($5 or $10 suggested donation to $10 admission at door) Events & Locations: ? Tuesday, June 24, 6pm Matthew Coley Solo Concert performing all time favorites like "And All That Jazz" and "My Favorite Things" with guest cellist, Julie Sturm ISU, Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall ($5 Suggested Donation) … Wednesday, June 25, 7:30-9:30pm HMFW Party with solo performances by Festival artists and Workshop participants. Learn about how marimbas are built, hear glass and stone xylophones, and win raffle prizes! Octagon Center for the Arts, Community Gallery, 427 Douglas Ave., Ames ($10 Admission includes performances, wine and Hors d'oeuvre, and 1 raffle ticket; additional tickets are $1 each, 7 for $5, and 15 for $10) … Thursday, June 26, 7pm HMFW performs with the Ames Municipal Band on a time-honored piece from the 1940's by the marimba great, C.O. Musser! Bandshell Park, Ames (Free) … Friday, June 27, 7:30pm This performance will feature Maslanka's "This is the World" for 2 pianos/2 percussion and Simpson's "Radioactive Octopus" and "Fluidity" (World Premiere) for 4 marimbas! ISU, Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall ($10 Suggested Donation) … Saturday, June 28, 3:00 HMFW performs the final concert of the Festival with solo performances to music with 4-8 marimba players. Closing the show with "Stars and Stripes Forever!" Bandshell Park, Ames ($5 Suggested Donations) … Website: www.hearMatthewColey.com/HeartlandMarimba Contact: sonicinertia@gmail.com and 847-867-1467 The Heartland Marimba Festival and Workshop is hosted and directed by Matthew Coley, marimba soloist and Iowa State University faculty. The Festival is also sponsored by ISU and Marimba One, Inc. When Matthew began planning this Festival he had in mind something a little different than your "normal" Marimba Festival. He envisioned a week long event that offered a different kind of concert to the community every night and during the day there would be classes and rehearsals for Workshop participants. The unique parts of the mission come in here. Workshop participants (college and pre-professional marimba players) would perform together with Festival Artists (professionals), perform in chamber pieces for 4-8 marimbas, do a professional quality recording session, and get featured with a wind ensemble in a Concerto Grosso-style piece for 4 marimbas. Additionally, there would be a Composer-in-residence at the Festival, in which their new music would be performed and/or premiered. The Workshop will involve classes by Matthew, Steve, and Chad, private lessons, lectures, and rehearsals during the day for students interested in pursuing a professional performance career on marimba. Every evening the Festival will have an event featuring the marimba or many marimbas. The Festival involves professional percussionists from Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio, pianists from the University of Northern Iowa and Indiana University, and the principal cellist of the Des Moines Symphony, Julie Sturm. Matthew's goal is to one day see HMFW become an important Summer Festival in the culture of Ames and central Iowa and the nation, and a point of pride for Iowa because of its uniqueness and quality of entertainment. In April of 2013 Matthew hosted the largest Day of Percussion Iowa had seen, with support from the Iowa Arts Council, Percussive Arts Society, ISU, and many other percussion industry companies and he hopes to bring that experience to the Heartland Marimba Festival. The concerts at HMFW will vary from solo music to pieces featuring up to 8 marimba players. The Festival opens with Matthew's solo concert on Tuesday, June 24 at 6pm at ISU's Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall. He will perform favorites from his "Bach to Bizet and Broadway" program, as well as the YouTube favorite "Flow" for marimba and cello. The professionals involved in the Festival will also be in Ames an extra day after the Festival to record music for the biennial HMF CD release! Matthew and the HMFW Artists are all excited to see the Festival come to fruition later in June. The concerts will be filled with exciting music for all, including tunes like "And All That Jazz", Music from "Carmen", and "Stars and Stripes Forever," and the Workshop will involve students from around the state to Minnesota and Texas. Come hear the warm, earthy tones of the marimbas surround you. These exotic instruments originated in Africa, are a major component in Central American culture, and developed to a classical concert instrument in North America. Hear talented performers from around the country play the instruments with soothing, meditative sustain and unique, colorful sounds to a fury of four-mallets in ?fiery, visceral displays of virtuosity!"
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