SOUTH BEND — Internationally recognized for their inspiring energy and subtle nuance, Third Coast Percussion is once again delivering an exciting new repertoire to the stages of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.
Third Coast will perform two extraordinary compositions, beginning with the world premiere of Donnacha Dennehy’s Surface Tension and ending with 2009 Pulitzer Prize recipient, Steve Reich’s Sextet in honor of the composer’s upcoming 80th birthday.
The performance begins with the world premiere of Donnacha Dennehy’s Surface Tension. The founder of renowned music group, Crash Ensemble, composed Surface Tension after being inspired by the way various indigenous drums used the tension of the skin to bend the pitch to produce a melody.
The alternate tightening and slackening of the drumheads of the toms became the modus operandi of the piece. By using this method Dennehy was able to gradually build pitch centers and travel between them.
“I am deeply indebted to Third Coast for their assistance and their spirit of complicit adventure and experimentation,” said Dennehy whose music has been described by the New York Times as “magnificently energetic.”
Donnacha Dennehy’s Surface Tension was commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Additional funding provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
Regular tickets to the Saturday, Jan. 30 performance can be purchased online or at the Ticket Office for $20. Tickets for youth and students are $10.
This performance ends Third Coast Percussion’s Winter residency engagement at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.