SC State Percussion Ensemble Celebrates Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th Birthday

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the SC State University Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert entitled “A Percussion Journey: Theatre meets percussion with Edgar Allan Poe, Martians, Living Room Music, and other musical selections” Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center on the campus of SC State University. The concert will be percussive, theatrical, dramatic, and artistic. The concert is free and open to the public.

James Orlick is the founder and conductor/director of the ensemble. The concert is a multi-disciplinary collaboration featuring Stephen Crall, imaging director, Frank Mundy, poetic reading, and scholarly/artistic contributions by Ellen Zisholtz, director of the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium.

The concert will feature percussionist Orlick and his compositions based on selected poetry by Edgar Allan Poe. It will pay tribute to the bicentennial year of Edgar Allan Poe’s life through the presentation of "Annabel Lee”, "Epigram For Wall Street", "Dreams”, "Deep in Earth", "A Dream Within A Dream", and "The Raven".

The Concert will showcase major theatrical percussive works “Martian Tribes" by Emmanual Séjourné, "Living Room Music" by John Cage, and "Songs" by Stuart Saunders. Other musical selections include “Wind in the Bamboo Grove”, by Keiko Abe, "Storm Warning and Dance" by Steve Riley, "Malletoba Spank" by Duke Ellington arranged and orchestrated by Orlick, "The Periods of Life" by Ney Rosauro, and “Prelude in G Major” by J.S. Bach.

“This is an ambitious concert that brings together the merging academic field of theatrical percussion performance. This concert embraces all aspects of the Visual and Performing Arts in a celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s short life,” says Orlick.

The concert is free and the community is encouraged to attend. For more information please contact James Orlick, at

About the South Carolina State Percussion Ensemble

Members of the SC State Percussion Ensemble major in a wide variety of disciplines in various colleges at SC State.
The SC State Percussion Studio Percussion Ensemble, directed and conducted by James Orlick, focuses its' repertoire on the seminal works of the 20/21st centuries. Although a relatively new art form, the percussion ensemble repertoire spans nearly 100 years. From the powerful works of iconoclast Edgar Varese to his modern day counterpart, Frank Zappa, to the cutting edge compositional styles of Philip Glass. The SC State Percussion Studio Ensemble explores the entire range of styles and mediums, including world music. Finally, the Percussion Studio Ensemble is a rich venue in which SC State student and faculty composers' works are performed. Important theatrical/percussion works by such composers as Stockhuasen, Kagal, Henze and other influential composers of our time are also presented.

The SC State Percussion Ensemble presents one major concert each semester. Repertoire is far ranging including percussion ensemble classics, world premiers, experimental, world music, commercial, with film, with dance, painterly, and with mixed ensembles.