A feast for both the ears and eyes greets those who attend Global Drums!, Feb. 27-28, 8 p.m. in the University Theatre.
High energy, interesting instruments and world music will fill the theatre as the U of L Percussion Ensemble takes over. Also on the program are special guests St. Patrick's School African Dance Ensemble, performing a traditional dance from Ghana.
"Our multi-faceted concert is visually exciting with dance, choreography and props combined with lush, beautiful and powerful music from around the world. And all of it is upbeat," says Adam Mason, director.
He also promises an interesting finale to the evening.
"Our eclectic mix of music has something for everyone, including Debussy thrown in with classic rock by Edgar Winter and Santana."
The program features several percussion ensembles, including a classical ensemble, African drum and dance group, steel drum band, and Taiko Drums.
"We'll play the Taiko drums but it will be Taiko with a twist and that's all I'm willing to say right now."
The 13 members of the Steel Drum Band provide the local audience with a sneak preview of the music they are taking to Japan in August. On the classical front, Brianne Cruickshank will play the new 5-octive marimba.
"This instrument is the Rolls-Royce of marimba. It is beautiful to look at and amazing to hear," says Mason.
A grant from Canbra Foods enabled the group to purchase the instrument. New to the event this year is a Brazilian Samba Ensemble.
"The Samba group does extremely infectious drumming, the kind you'd hear at Carnival in Rio," says Mason. "We've got parade drums, which makes the performers very mobile, so I'm inviting the audience to be prepared to participate."
Tickets for Global Drums! Are priced at $15 regular and $10 student/senior at the
U of L Box Office (403-329-2616).