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AWSAM features music education

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The last concert of the Academy of Western Slope Artists and Musicians’ spring season will feature percussionist Adam Solomon in a concert of intriguing world music.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the Clough Auditorium in the Colorado Mountain College West Garfield Campus, 3695 Airport Road, outside Rifle.

Solomon is enthusiastic about music’s effect on different cultures, and most especially about the value of music education for all young people.

He grew up in Philadelphia, and chose to take percussion lessons at an early age to channel his energy into acceptable and creative directions.

Solomon obtained his degree from Temple University and studied orchestration and film-scoring at the Berklee College of Music. He currently heads up the award-winning Glenwood Springs Percussion Ensemble, is director of the Wamsley Elementary Percussion Ensemble, and teaches in local public schools. His ability to encourage students’ individuality while cooperating in a musical group has won the Percussion Ensemble impressive high honors in its formative years. Solomon will perform on a variety of percussion instruments, including the marimba, the xylophone, and a gyil, which is an African instrument. He will explain the cultural significances of the instruments and the role they play in societies.

AWSAM has partnered with Colorado Mountain College West Garfield Campus to sponsor this “informance” concert, which will include discussion and observations about a Native American piece titled “Rain Dance”; a “Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra” by Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro; “Darkpey,” a composition from Ghana played on the gyil; and Alan Hovhaness’ “Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints.”

Solomon said, “Hovhaness’ piece was inspired by his visit to Japan, and the opening is a representation of the koto, the Japanese zither. Joining me will be Shanti Gruber, playing the challenging orchestral reduction of the Hovhaness work, and also percussionists Carson Wilde and Garret Noel.”

“We are co-sponsors with CMC on this concert,” said AWSAM managing director Linda Jenks, “and we very much appreciate CMC’s ongoing interest in and support for the arts in our community.” Admission for the event is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and individual students, family rate of $35 for parents and their children.

For more information, telephone 625-2333. Support the arts on the Western Slope, it’ll leave you wanting more high-quality culture.

Kay Vasilakis’ ” Nonprofit Spotlight” column appears every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is an active member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her for possible mention of a local nonprofit event or news item, e-mail or call 618-6689.

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