WYSO Percussion Extravaganza featuring World Renowned Snare Drum Artist, Jeff Queen

The Event Will Benefit the Badger Chapter of the American Red Cross

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Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) will present the 12th annual Percussion Extravaganza on Saturday, March 2, at 1:30pm in UW-Madison’s Mills Concert Hall. This year’s Extravaganza, “Heart Beats,” will celebrate the life-saving skills taught by the American Red Cross and the “beats” that energize all percussion music. The Percussion Ensemble received training in Hands Only CPR during their rehearsals, and will help the event’s audience learn the correct compression tempo for this important skill when they perform an arrangement of the BeeGees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”

The Percussion Extravaganza will also feature world renowned snare drum artist Jeff Queen, who has appeared in Broadway’s  Blast!, on The Late Show with David Lettermen, and at the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. In addition to performing solo repertoire, he will present a morning clinic for the WYSO Percussion Ensemble and perform “Cuban Concerto” with the young musicians at the concert.   

The Percussion Ensemble will perform audience-engaging, diverse repertoire by Antonin Dvořák, Andrew Stout, Bela Fleck, the Bee Gees, and recently departed jazz legend Dave Brubeck.  The UW World Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Professor Anthony DiSanza will also perform. 

The 12th Annual Percussion Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 1:30pm in Mills Concert Hall at the UW Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St., Madison. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/youth, available at the door or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/307902.

At the event, the Red Cross will have numerous Health and Safety, Disaster Action Team, and Service to the Armed Forces materials on display.  Donation baskets will also be available. 

Parking is available at State Street Campus Ramp, Helen C. White, and Grainger Hall parking facilities.  For further directions and information, please contact the WYSO office, (608)263-3320, x 11 or visit http://wyso.music.wisc.edu/