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PE - 3/30/11 - Butler North 


Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble

Dr. Glenn Schaft - Director

Ed Davis - Assistant Director

30 March 2011, 8:00 PM

Butler North



Rain Tree (1981)                                                      Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)

Rain Tree represents Takemitsu’s third period of composition, which was marked by less experimentation, fewer complex rhythmic materials, and a movement towards tonality. This piece belongs to the Waterscape series that reference rain or water. Besides the images portrayed in the music, Takemitsu include indications for dramatic lighting. Each player has a spotlight, which depict drops of water or rain. During the final improvised ‘rain drop’ section, however, the lights improvise with the musicians. The lighting, being so intricately connected to the musical materials, transcends the role of technical support to a performance of its own.


Transmigration (2010)                                                        Phillip Richardson (b.1986)

The piece was conceived after reading the following: Schopenhauer believed that art, in particular music, had – has – the power to cause the will, the irrational, striving will, to somehow turn back onto and into itself and cease to strive. He considered this a religious experience, although temporary. Somehow art, somehow music especially, has the power to transform man from an irrational thing into some rational entity that is not driven by biological impulses, impulses that cannot by definition ever be satisfied. – Philip K. Dick “The Transmigration of Timothy Archer”


Scratch for four scrapers or guiros (1998)                                   Eugene Novotney (b. 1960)

I.               Theme

II.             Cage

III.           Dos-Tres

IV.            Mess(age)

V.              Paganini

Born October 29, 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Eugene Dominic Novotney received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music Degree & Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Illinois with emphasis in Percussion, Composition, and Ethnomusicology. He has studied Brazilian percussion at the "Instituto de Investigacio Musico" in Salvador, Brazil, and Ewe drumming and Dagara xylophone music at the "Dagara Music Center" in Medie, Ghana, West Africa. He has also conducted research trips to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and Accra, Ghana, West Africa, resulting in numerous transcriptions and analytical studies.


Point Bak (1997)                                                                              Gerard Lecointe

Point Bak was composed on request of a French festival dedicated to the work of Jean Sebastien Bach. Point Bak is loosely based on themes, tonalities, and formal prelude and fugue practices from Bach’s “First Book of the Well Tempered Clavier”.





New South Africa (1995)                                         Bela Fleck (b. 1958), arr. E. Davis

Béla Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world.  A New York City native, he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt & Scruggs.  While still in high school he began experimenting with playing bebop jazz on his banjo, mentored by fellow banjo renegade Tony Trischka.  In 1980, he released his first solo album, Crossing the Tracks, with material that ranged from straight ahead bluegrass to Chick Corea’s “Spain.”  In 1982, Fleck joined the progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, making a name for himself on countless solo and ensemble projects ever since as a virtuoso instrumentalist.  In 1989 he formed the genre-busting Flecktones, with colleagues equally talented and adventurous as himself.

The Missing Piece                                         Miguel Zenón (b. 1976), arr. D. May 

This is an original composition released on Zenón’s 2008 release "Awake." In his relatively short career, Miguel has made a dent in the community of jazz, world, and improvised music. The MacArthur Foundation, who in 2008 selected him and 25 others to receive The MacArthur Grant, otherwise known as the "Genius Grant" said this about Miguel's work: This young musician and composer is at once reestablishing the artistic, cultural, and social tradition of jazz while creating an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century.”

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Percussion Orchestra (2000) 

Russell Peterson (b. 1969)




Gretta Johnson - Soloist

Greta Johnson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music and Mathematics in 2009 at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she was the 2009 Concordia Concert Band Concerto Competition Winner. Greta is currently a student at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance. Her primary instructors have included Russell Peterson and James Umble. 

Russell Peterson is an accomplished classical/jazz saxophonist, bassoonist and composer who holds degrees from Youngstown State University (Ohio), Le Conservatoire de Bordeaux (France), and Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where he studied with Dr. James Umble, Donald Byo, Jean-Marie Londeix, Dr. Jeffery Lyman and Dr. John Sampen. Winner of numerous prizes, including the top prize at the International Geneva Saxophone Concours, (Switzerland), and first place winner of the MTNA National Music Competition, Mr. Peterson has soloed with orchestras in the United States as well as Europe, including the Dana Chamber Orchestra, (USA), Concordia Orchestra, (USA), Bowling Green Philharmonic, (USA), L'Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, (Switzerland), Collegium Musicum, Basel (Switzerland), The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (USA), The Orchestra Conservatorio Superior De Música (Spain), The Western New York Chamber Orchestra (USA), and The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, (Russia). Mr. Peterson has served on the faculty at Youngstown State University (Ohio), The University of Toledo (Ohio), Minnesota State University Moorhead, The Interlochen Summer Arts Camp (Michigan), The International Music Camp, and is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone, Bassoon, and directs Jazz Ensemble I at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.








Keith Born - Bethel Park, PA

Joshua Colson - Transfer, PA

Ed Davis - Poland, OH

Jeff Farber - Coralville, IA

Evan Gottschalk - East Palestine, OH

Matthew Hayes - Coshocton, OH

Dylan Kollat - North Jackson, OH

Dustin May - Westerville, OH

Moriah Placer - Warren, OH

Nick Sainato, Boardman, OH

Troy Schaltenbrand - Allison Park, PA

Sarah Sexton- Belz Mineral Ridge, OH

Robert Young  - Austintown, OH

Eric Zalenski  - Bloomingdale, OH






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