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Silent Film Accompaniments

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A LIST OF FILM OPTIONS 1) “TEDDY AT THE THROTTLE” (A Mack Sennett Silent Film – 1916) music arr. by William Cahn (b.1946) Mack Sennett’s great silent comedy, Teddy At The Throttle, was made at the height of the silent film era. Between the years 1915 and 1930 many musicians were employed by movie theaters… Read more »

NEXUS announces Zwilich Commission Premiere Date

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For Immediate Release : NEXUS Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Robin Engelman, Russell Hartenberger, Garry Kvistad Announces the Premiere of a New Work for Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich The premiere date is March 6, 2004 with the IRIS Orchestra under the direction of its Principal Conductor, Michael Stern NEXUS, the internationally… Read more »

Montreal Symphony – Lanaudiere Festival Review

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ILSE ZADROZNY The Montreal Gazette Sunday, June 29, 2003 Hard to imagine a more auspicious upbeat to the Lanaudiere Festival season than its opening concert yesterday. Many thanks to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, its principal conductor, Jacques Lacombe, and to the five members of the Toronto percussion group Nexus for an outstanding evening. The program… Read more »

Solo Education Concert

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SOLO EDUCATION CONCERT EXAMPLES Solo Educational Concerts NEXUS educational concerts for young people are normally one-hour programs narrated by members of NEXUS with demonstrations of percussion instruments. Recent concerts have been entitled, “People Places and Percussion,” (Carnegie Hall) and “Music for Drums & Things” (sponsored by Chicago Symphony – see below). Sample Program – “Music… Read more »

A NEW COMPACT DISC BY NEXUS (NEXUS CD #10713)

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ANNOUNCING A NEW COMPACT DISC BY NEXUS (NEXUS CD #10713) DRUMTALKER The newest CD by the internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble NEXUS features the premier recordings of two major works for percussion quintet: The Invisible Proverb by NEXUS member Russell Hartenberger; and Percussion Sonata Number 2 by Grammy Award-winning composer Peter Schickele. Also included are four… Read more »

Photos from the University of Minnesota – Ted Mann Concert Hall

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April 8 University of Minnesota – Ted Mann Concert Hall – Craig Carnahan, producer Fernando Meza, Percussion Instructor. On the 6th we flew to Minneapolis and had some down time; opportunities to rest after a very busy couple of days. Some of us checked out the Gerry Museum just down the street. Turned out to… Read more »

Photos from the Fargo – Moorhead Symphony Orchestra

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Fargo – Moorhead Symphony Orchestra – April 2 – Memorial Auditorium Bill Law, executive director, Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Bill Cahn conducted two educational and a Family concert with the Moorhead Symphony Orchestra with Nexus as guest performers. Both concerts show a history of percussion in the orchestra and as solo instruments. A high – light… Read more »

Photos from the University of Arizona – Days of Percussion

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University of Arizona – Days of Percussion – March 27 and 30. Dr Gary Cook, Host Nexus concert in Centennial Hall Well, this was a special trip for us. Lo and behold, Paul Horn, the famous jazz flutist of the “inside” series of recordings and the guy who was responsible for Nexus’ first recording, has… Read more »

Photos from Notre Dame University – South Bend Indiana

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Sunday March 23. Dustin T. George – Miller, producer The Annenberg Auditorium is very small, but the producer, Dustin George-Miller is putting on an interesting concert series and the museum that houses the hall has some very fine Native American masks, costumes and pottery. At three o’clock on the afternoon of our concert, we gave… Read more »

Photos from Butler University

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Butler University – Clowes Hall National Concert Band and Percussion Festival. Friday March 21 The night before our concert (Thursday 20) Jim Campbell, Mark Ford and John Wooten took us to dinner at a downtown steak “joint”. We had a wonderful evening together. The N.C.A.A. basketball tournament had begun and the streets were filled with… Read more »

Photos from University of Missouri – St. Louis

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March 17 A short break at home and then off to St. Louis, Missouri. After arriving on campus, it took three cell phone calls and two “asking people”, to find the building at the University of Missouri where our masterclass was scheduled to take place. It was worth the effort and Calvin the hotel limo… Read more »

Photos from Northwestern University – Evanston, Illinois

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY, 5th: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS NEXUS with MICHAEL BURRITT It is always a pleasure to visit Professor Burritt and hear the students from his percussion program. The afternoon of our concert we heard: Allegro, Sonata No. 2 in A minor by J.S. Bach – performed by Jake Thieben Preludes for Marimba by Brett… Read more »

Photos from the University Of Missouri, Rolla

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH:UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, ROLLA One of the most beautiful stops on our tour. A high point in the Ozarks with mile long views in every direction. Our program of Becker’s “Away Without Leave”, the Takemitsu song arrangements, Reich’s “Drumming, Part One” Hartenberger’s “Invisible Proverb”, “Tongues” and the ragtime arrangements drew yet another standing… Read more »

University Of Missouri – Columbia

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY, 7TH. NEXUS BEGAN ITS DAY AT 8:00A.M. BY CRITIQUING THE PERCUSSION SECTION OF A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL BAND. THE BAND AND THE MUSIC PROGRAM WERE AMAZING! THE SCHOOL HAS AN ORCHESTRA, A STRING ORCHESTRA, THREE BANDS AND CHOIRS. WE HAD NEVER DONE THIS AND IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCES OF… Read more »

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