We were thrilled with how our 2013-2014 Texas concert season ended! Percussionist Brian Zator gave wonderful performances on solo marimba. He was also joined by trumpeter Daniel Kelly for works that featured a variety of instruments (including vibraphone, snare drum, tambourine, woodblock and triangle).
Everyone was fascinated by how all the percussion equipment worked (not least, those of us here at Astraios–percussionists are a little-understood people!). Brian taught the audience how to hold marimba mallets, gave demonstrations on the different kinds of mallets he used, and explained the different techniques he uses on each instrument. After the concert, the audience was given a chance to try their hand at a variety of percussion equipment themselves. (Everyone agrees that the crash cymbals were the most fun!)
One of the most fascinating things about watching a percussionist is how they handle and move all their equipment. We had a large group of people who wanted to help, but being untrained, we mostly stood around and watched the experts.
We were also the lucky recipients of a matching campaign at this concert. An anonymous donor agreed to double funds given at the concert, so with the matching funds, we raised over $800 in donations! Thank you for your generosity!
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