The spring events percussion series, sponsored by the Percussion Studies Program at the NYU Steinhardt School for Culture, Education and Human Development, continues with a variety of public performances at the Frederick Loewe Theater at 35 West 4th street, between Green Street and Washington Square East.


Included in the line up are the NYU Marimba Ensemble (April 21), the NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble (May 1), and a performance by NYU Steel with special guest Kyle Dunleavy and the Crossfire Steelband (May 3).

The hallmark event of the series will be a performance by the NYU Percussion Ensemble on May 5, which will feature the world premiere of Bobby Previte’s Terminals, together with the world renowned So Percussion. This evening length work will utilize the entire spectrum of percussion instruments available, ranging from marimbas, vibraphones, and timpani to talking drums, brake drums, and truck spring coils.

Below is a full listing of events. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

NYU Marimba Ensemble
Simon Boyar, Director/Conductor
Featuring: Dave Hall's Escape Velocity, Minoru Miki's Marimba Spiritual, Steve Reich's Six Marimbas, Alejandro Vinao's Estudios de Frontera, James Wood's Village Burial with Fire, and more
Monday, April 21 at 7:30pm

NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble
Jonathan Haas, Director/Conductor
Featuring the world premiere of 6 new works by NYU composers: Meredith Butterworth, Nell Shaw Cohen, Fjola Evans, Josue Collado Fregoso, Eric Joseph Meyer, and Alex Weiser
Monday, April 28 at 7:30pm

NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble
Valerie Naranjo, Director
Featuring music from Burkina Faso, Cote D'lvoire, Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal, and especially the gyil from Ghana's Upper West region
Thursday, May 1 at 7:30pm

NYU Steel
With special guest Kyle Dunleavy
Josh Quillen, Director
Featuring the traditional music of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as contemporary works for steel pan
Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm

NYU Percussion Ensemble
World premiere of Bobby Previte's Terminals
with special guests Bobby Previte and So Percussion
Jonathan Haas, Director/Conductor
Monday, May 5 at 7:30pm

NYU Composers Meet NYU Percussionists
Sean Statser, Director
In collaboration with the Program in Music Composition
Tae-Hong Park, Director
Featuring the world premiere of 7 new works by NYU composers: Max Ardito, Jordan Borg, Dalton Corr, Jonathan Evans, Jordyn Gallinek, Amber Ward, and Conrad Winslow
Saturday, May 10 at 7:30pm


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