Percussive Arts Society

People & Places — January 2024


Rio January 2024 People and Places

Percussion Group of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Music (EM-UFRJ), under direction of Professor Dr. Pedro Sá, made a world premiere on last November 20th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the Leopoldo Miguez Hall of the UFRJ School of Music. The piece was Tupinam, written e dedicated to Dr. Pedro Sá and the UFRJ Percussion Group by Mr. Stanley Leonard. Tupinam is a 21st century setting of the indigenous ancient Tupinamba. The music is divided into three parts, Introduction, Chants and Danza. Besides maracá (the Tupinamba, and most native American peoples, had rattles of various kinds that were used for spiritual purposes), the piece calls for caxixis, log drums, brake drums, vibraslap, suspended cymbals, triangle, chocalho, pandeiro, snare drum, field drum, timpani, tom toms, surdo, glockenpiel, vibraphone and marimba. Under the direction of its Director, Professor Dr. Pedro Sá, the members of the percussion group for this concert were: Johnny Rodrigues, Rafael de Oliveira, Cleyton Newman, Railson Marques and Nathan Medeiros, all students of the BA in Percussion at EM-UFRJ. (pic)


The Polish Chapter Day of Percussion was held December 19, 2023 at the Music School in Bielsk Podlaski. Poland Chapter President Mariusz Mocarski presented workshops including PAS 40 International Drum Rudiments training. The Day closed with a concert performed by students from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.


Chicago College Of Performing Arts Orchestra And Faculty To Premiere New Double Percussion Concerto By Alum Tim Corpus

Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Emanuele Andrizzi will premiere CCPA alum Tim Corpus’s new double concerto on February 5, 2024. This large-scale work for percussion features renowned percussionists and faculty members Ed Harrison (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Vadim Karpinos (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

“This project has been an exciting homecoming for me. As an alum of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, I’m very excited to be back working with these amazing student musicians and these faculty members who taught me so much,” said Corpus.

Mr. Corpus graduated from Roosevelt University in 2010 with a Bachelors of Music degree specializing in percussion performance. Ed Harrison is currently the Principal Timpanist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Vadim Karpinos is a percussionist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The new concerto, titled The Great Lake Concerto, will be premiered by the CCPA Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Emanuele Andrizzi on February 5, 2024 at Auditorium Theatre. 

“Lake Michigan,” Corpus explains, “is such a critical part of the culture, history, and life of Chicago. Water surrounds Chicago, so I felt it was a fitting theme for a concerto that brings together members of so many Chicago institutions (Roosevelt University, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Auditorium Theatre).”

Tim Corpus has been composing for live performances and film for over a decade with performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago Cultural Center, and more. A graduate of Roosevelt University, he also received his master’s degree in music composition from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. His most recent album, “MMXX”, was GRAMMY-selected for the 2022 awards and hailed as “a striking disc” by critic Robert Hugill. In addition to the upcoming concerto, his original soundtrack for the multi-disciplinary work created by Katherine McClintic, “Ending the War on my Body”, was released in November 2023.

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