"A Night of Percussion” featuring guest artist, John Lane, with the UVA Percussion Ensemble

April 15, 2023 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall
$10 / $9 UVA Faculty & Staff / $5 students /Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance

John LaneThe Department of Music presents A Night of Percussion featuring John Lane with the UVA Percussion Ensemble, directed by I-Jen Fang on Saturday, April 15 at 8 pm in Old Cabell Hall.

The Percussion Ensemble is excited to work with guest artist and composer, John Lane in a concert featuring the theme "Masters and Students" to celebrate the relationships between teachers and students. Both the director, I-Jen Fang and the guest John Lane were both students of Christopher Deane, who passed away on October 9, 2021. The concert will feature three works by Christopher Deane: Arcanical Plains (2010) for 12 percussionists, A Man in A Chair (1996-2020) which was written for and dedicated to John Lane, and Vespertine Formations (2003) for marimba quartet, which was written for and premiered by Fang and Lane with 2 other members of the Bain Percussion Group. The ensemble will also perform Lane’s The Border is a Line That Birds Cannot See (2019) and premiere Lane’s composition, Scenes from Utō: The Birds of Sorrow (2023), commissioned and written for I-Jen Fang and the UVA Percussion Ensemble. The concert will also feature another marimba quartet which was commissioned by Christopher Deane, Purdy’s Maze (2005) by Brian Nozny, another student of Deane’s. Lastly, the concert will close with Rube Goldberg Variations by Tom Monda (Thank You Scientist), arranged by Hector Gil, and adapted for the UVA Percussion Ensemble by our very own Hayden (Aaron) French and Roman Ramirez.


This event will be livestreamed on the UVA Music Department Youtube Channel at https://bit.ly/percussion-2023-livestream.

John Lane is an artist whose creative work and collaborations extend through percussion to poetry, spoken word, and theater, often bridging music performance with socio-political advocacy. As a performer, he has appeared on stages throughout the Americas, Australia, and Japan. John along with percussionist Allen Otte created and an ongoing social justice advocacy project, The Innocents, which has toured throughout the US including performances and workshops at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, the Innocence Network Conference, numerous university and public school campuses, and is now the subject of a feature length documentary by Wojciech Lorenc. His debut percussion solo album, The Landscape Scrolls (Starkland Records), was called "masterful" by Percussive Notes. He has also recently released Trigger: Artists Respond to Gun Violence (Albany Records). Currently, John is the Director of Percussion Studies and Professor of Percussion at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He taught previously at the University of Wyoming and held graduate fellowships at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of North Texas.

The UVA Percussion Ensemble is directed by I-Jen Fang, the Principal Timpanist and Percussionist with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. Re-established in spring 2005, the Percussion Ensemble is a chamber group that performs literature from classical transcriptions to contemporary music. The ensemble draws upon a large family of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. The number of players and the amount of equipment varies greatly from piece to piece. The current members of the UVA Percussion Ensemble are Leah Baetcke, Paul Bartenfeld, Darrion Chandler, Rohan Chowla, Kevin Cooper, Helen Dunn, Cason Duszak, Hayden French, Ann Hall, Spencer Harris, Lauren Hong, Jacob Lovelace, Roman Ramirez, Rose Roche, Gabe Silverstein, and William Simpson.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.
​T​his event is supported by the Eleanor Shea Music Trust​.

All programs are subject to change.

For more information please call the Department of Music at 434.924.3052 or write music@virginia.edu with any questions.

Tickets are available through the UVA Arts Box Office or at the door one hour prior to the concert. UVA students need to reserve their tickets 24 hours in advance at the UVA Arts Box Office student ticket portal.

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112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

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