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UW-Western Percussion Ensemble with guest composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry

February 20 @ 7:30 pm

- $7 – $17

Presenting a three-day residency by composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry, who will perform with the UW-Western Percussion Ensemble.

The residency will consist of master classes and presentations, and will culminate in a concert highlighting Mr. Cole’s percussion ensemble music, including his recent work, “The Future is Bright” for soloist, film, and percussion ensemble. The UW Western Percussion Ensemble will perform all of the music on the concert, with Mr. Ferry joining the students for the evening’s central composition. Additionally, Cole will perform with the ensemble on his remarkably unique work, “Hanuman’s Leap” for percussion group, digital playback, and voice. The program reflects the diverse interests of both Cole and Ferry as collaborators seeking to break down existing musical barriers.


Mon, Feb 18

12:00-2:00 – Percussion masterclass with Peter Ferry (1321)

Tues, Feb 19

2:30-3:30 – Composition mini-lessons/masterclass – Elliot Cole (2541)

7:00-8:30 – Entrepreneurship in The Music Field Discussion/Q&A – Cole/Ferry (2411), Dan Grabois – Moderator

Wed, Feb 20

12:00-2:00 – The music of Elliot Cole performance masterclass – Cole/Ferry (1321)

7:30 – Concert – “The Future is Bright,” Mills Hall. The music of Elliot Cole featuring Elliot Cole and Peter Ferry with the UW-Madison               Western Percussion Ensemble.

Elliot Cole is a composer who has performed his music with Grammy winners Roomful of Teeth, Grammy nominees A Far Cry and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as the Chicago Composers Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and Oracle Hysterical.  His percussion music has been performed by over 250 percussion ensembles all over the world.  In 2017 he was invited by “Talks at Google” to share his unique approach to music through computer programming.  He is on faculty at the The New School and Juilliard Evening Division, and is program director of Musicambia at New York’s Sing Sing prison, where he runs a music school for incarcerated men.

Peter Ferry is a young American percussion soloist quickly gaining recognition for re-imagining the classical concert experience through meaningful, entertaining performances of contemporary repertoire. Performing as a concerto soloist and in innovative recital projects, Mr. Ferry’s recent performances include commissions of several new works and performances across the United States including New York, St. Louis, Rochester, Providence, Chicago, and Baltimore.

We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts.

This is a ticketed event. $17 adults, $7 all age students/children. Free to music majors, faculty and staff. To avoid long lines, we suggest arriving 30 minutes early or buying tickets ahead of time, either in person or online. Please see link below.

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February 20
7:30 pm
$7 – $17
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Mills Concert Hall
455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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