MSUM Concert Choir and Percussion Ensemble to perform, tour

The MSUM Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Daniel Mahraun, and the MSUM Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, will combine to present a unique concert event at MSUM this Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Auditorium. “Music for Voice and Percussion” will feature a wide variety of musical styles and idioms, including the World Premier of a new composition commissioned by the Choir and Percussion Ensemble by East Coast composer Neeraj Mehta. 

The concert will also feature numerous selections, including excerpts from the Pulitzer Prize-winning composition “The Little Match Girl Passion” by American composer David Lang as well as Dr. Kenyon Williams performing as the marimba soloist for Gene Koshinski’s Nissim-Prize winning work, “Concerto for Marimba and Choir.”

After presenting the concert at MSUM, the two ensembles will “hit the road” during Spring Break to perform across North and South Dakota, with stops in Rapid City, Dickinson, Mandan, and Bismarck. For the final stop on their tour, they will present a featured performance at the North Dakota Music Educator’s Conference (NDMEA) in the Bismarck Civic Center. There, they will perform for both music educators and the top high school musicians from across the state.