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MARIMBA CONCERTI

WITH PERCUSSION ORCHESTRA

 

THE MCCORMICK PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

 

OVERVIEW

 

In 2008, PARMA Recordings acquired Capstone Records, the highly respected New York-based classical label founded by composer Richard Brooks in 1986, with the intent of shepherding the company and its music into the digital era. This product, originally released on Capstone and now presented by PARMA's Ravello or Navona Records imprints, is one of a series of re-releases from the catalog called THE CAPSTONE COLLECTION. For more music in this series, please visit www.ravellorecords.com.

 

On MARIMBA CONCERTI WITH PERCUSSION ORCHESTRA (2006), Robert McCormick conducts his McCormick Percussion Group – an ensemble comprised of 20 marimbists and accompanied by guest pianist Corey Holt Merenda throughout. Guest conductor Cayenna Rosa Ponchione appears on her composition The Creation, the album’s concluding track.

 

Other compositions on the album include The Alabados Song by Paul Bissell; Concertino for Two Marimbas and Six Percussionists by Jan Van Landerhem; Concertino for Marimba and Four Percussionists by Chihchun Chi-sun Lee; Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble by Daniel Adams; and Concertino for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble by Paul Reller.

 

In expressing his gratitude for the record, Landerhem said he was “touched by the ensemble’s poetry and technical precision. The sound and the performance of the ensemble are of high professional standards, and could be compared with the best percussion ensembles I have heard. This is also true for the performances of the other compositions.”

 

McCormick is currently Professor of Music at the University of South Florida and timpanist with Opera Tampa. He is a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble and served as principle percussionist and assistant timpanist with the Florida Orchestra for twenty seasons.

 

He has authored several articles, solos and two percussion texts: Percussion for Musicians and 32 Duets for Percussion. Robert was the 2006 recipient of the Florida Music Educator of the Year Award, the 2007 Grand Prize winner of the Keystone Percussion Composition Award, and the 2010 recipient of the Jerome Krivanek Distinguished University Teacher Award.

 

CREDITS

 

Ensemble personnel

Grant Beiner

Emory Blake

Joni Bos

Alan Brooks

Steven Brown

Ben Crollick

Alex Delgado

Matt Dickson

Beran Harp

Brian Hayman

Lee Hinkle

Alex Huffstutler

Daniel Johnson

Ian Kerr

Matt Ochs

Tamara Persad

Joe Pinzon

Michael Smith

Nick Souder

Ryan Wilson

 

Guest Pianist: Corey Holt Merenda

 

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Chris Robinson

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Engineering Manager Lucas Paquette

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Designer Ryan Harrison

Marketing Scott Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release Date: January 13, 2017

Catalog #: RR7952

 

 

TRACK TITLES

 

McCormick Percussion Group

Robert McCormick, conductor

 

1 The Alabados Song  Paul Bissell

Alex Delgado, solo marimba

 

Concertino for Two Marimbas and Six Percussionists

Jan Van Landeghem

Emory Blake and Grant Beiner, solo marimbas

2 Comodo con amore

3 Grave-Vivo

 

Concertino for Marimba and Four Percussionists

Chihchun Chi-sun Lee

Ryan Wilson, solo marimba

4 Movement I

5 Movement II

6 Movement III

 

7 Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble

Daniel Adams

Beran Harp, solo marimba

 

8 Concertino for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble

Paul Reller

Emory Blake, solo marimba

 

9 The Creation   Cayenna Rosa Ponchione

Matt Dickson and Lee Hinkle, solo marimba

Cayenna Rosa Ponchione, guest conductor

 

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(RR7916)  PLOT: MUSIC

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INSTRUMENTATION

McCormick Percussion Group

 

 

 

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