Event features notable guest artists from all over the world

Minnesota State University Moorhead will host the fifth biennial MSUM Day of Percussion this Saturday, Nov. 15, on the MSUM campus.

The Day of Percussion begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes concerts, clinics and events featuring five world-class artists, including Grammy-winning steel pan artist Andy Narell from Paris, France and drum set artist Mark Walker from Boston, MA. The guest artists will demonstrate and discuss their music throughout the day as well as perform alongside “Fuego Tropical,” MSUM’s world music and percussion ensemble, which is noted for recent performances with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony’s “Christmas Pops” and “Symphony Rocks” concert events. A performance by MSUM’s own Kyai Madu Murni Gamelan is also set for 1 p.m. on the Gaede Stage.  The day ends with a mass steelband performance featuring more than 75 university and high school steel pan performers from across North Dakota and Minnesota, sharing the stage alongside the guest artists. The closing concert takes place in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom at 5 p.m.

In addition to Narell and Walker, performers include Brad Dutz, Los Angeles; Chris Wabich, Tucson; Allen Teel, Abilene, Tex.; and MSUM faculty member Ryan Jackson.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for anyone under 21, and free for MSUM students, faculty and staff. Go to mnstate.edu/tickets or buy at the door. For more information, contact Kenyon Williams at (218) 477-4610 or willdrum@mnstate.edu.