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NYU debuts Steel Drum Ensemble

NYU's (New York University) Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions held a special tribute to composer Philip Glass last night at the Frederick Lowe Theatre in the Village, New York.  The event - "A Philip Glass Birthday Concert," was the first ever all- percussion concert performance of the composer's music.  The NYU Percussion Ensemble and the NYU Steel Drum Ensemble were among the featured performers on what started out as a slightly rainy Wednesday evening.  That did not present an obstacle for the almost seventy-five percent audience in attendance at the theatre.  Show director was the renowned conductor/timpanist Jonathan Haas.  Josh Quillen is the director of the NYU Steel Drum Ensemble.

After intermission the seven-member steel drum ensemble performed 'Piano Etude No.2 for SteelPan Ensemble' arranged by Quillen.  The performance was well received by the audience, and could be considered a coup for a steel drum group which is essentially in its first semester at NYU.  The ensemble's performance was followed by 'Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread,' a one-act theater production written by playwright Yale graduate David Ives.   

The performance of world music birthed the NYU Steel Band Ensemble, as part of the overall NYU Percussion Studio Ensemble, in the latter's exploration of an exhaustive range of styles and mediums.

As members of the ensemble, students are mandated to put in three hours of practice time on an individual basis every week, and are cemented together during a weekly class session.  They are selected via audition at the beginning of the fall semester.

For more info about the Steel Drum Ensemble, contact Prof. Jonathan Haas,


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