Third Coast Percussion Public Presentation

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. 

Hailed by The New Yorker as “vibrant” and “superb,” Third Coast Percussion explores

and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering

exciting performances for audiences of all kinds. Since its formation in 2005, Third

Coast Percussion has gained international attention with concerts and recordings that

meld the energy of rock music with the precision and nuance of classical chamber

works. These “hard-grooving” musicians (New York Times) have become known for

ground-breaking collaborations across a wide range of disciplines, including concerts

and residency projects with engineers at the University of Notre Dame, architects at the

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, astronomers at the Adler Planetarium, and

more. The ensemble enhances the performances it offers with cutting edge new media,

including free iPhone and iPad apps that allow audience members to create their own

musical performances and take a deeper look at the music performed by Third Coast

Percussion. Third Coast Percussion is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of

Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. They have the honor of being the first

ensemble at the University of Notre Dame to create a permanent and progressive

ensemble residency program at the center. The ensemble performs multiple recitals

annually as part of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Presenting Series season.

Third Coast Percussion assumed the position of ensemble-in-residence at Notre Dame

in 2013. The ensemble champions the awe-inspiring music of John Cage, Steve Reich,

George Crumb, Arvo Pärt, Gérard Grisey, Philippe Manoury, Wolfgang Rihm, Louis

Andriessen, Toru Takemitsu, and Tan Dun, among others. Third Coast has also

commissioned and performed world premieres by many of today’s leading composers,

including Augusta Read Thomas, Timothy Andres, Glenn Kotche, David T. Little,

Marcos Balter, Ted Hearne, and ensemble member David Skidmore.

Third Coast’s recent and upcoming concerts and residencies include the University of

Chicago Presents, Atlas Performing Arts Center (Washington, D.C), Ensemble Music

Society of Indianapolis, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Austin Chamber

Music Festival, Millennium Park “Loops and Variations,” the Kennedy Center’s

Millennium Stage, and more. Third Coast has introduced percussion to chamber music

audiences in Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Illinois, securing invitations

to return to many of these series. Third Coast’s passion for community outreach

includes a wide range of residency offerings while on tour, in addition to a long-term

residency with the Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary Marimba Ensemble on

Chicago’s South Side. In addition to its national performances, Third Coast Percussion’s

hometown presence includes an annual Chicago series, with four to five concerts in

locations around the city. The ensemble has collaborated in concert with acclaimed

ensembles Eighth Blackbird, Signal, and the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, pianists Amy

Briggs and Lisa Moore, cellists Nicholas Photinos and Tobias Werner, flautist Tim

Munro, vocalist Ted Hearne, and video artists Luftwerk. The members of Third Coast

Percussion —Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore— hold

degrees in music performance from Northwestern University, the Yale School of Music,

the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and Rutgers University.

Third Coast Percussion performs exclusively with Pearl/Adams Musical Instruments,

Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.










  • October 01, 2015 at 1:40pm – 2:40pm
  • Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, University of Central Arkansas
    201 Donaghey Ave
    Conway, AR 72035
    United States
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