The 1916 Mack Sennett silent film, "Teddy at the Throttle," will be seen as it was never seen at its premiere when the percussion ensemble NEXUS creates an orchestra for the movie as a finale for its Feb. 11 performance at Brigham Young University.
The ensemble will play at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall as part of the Utah Percussion Festival. Tickets, at $8 ($6 students/seniors), are available through the music ticket office, 378-7444.Student percussionists from every junior high, high school and college in the state have been invited to participate in this year's festival. Highlighting the event will be five different clinics by NEXUS, a Canadian percussion ensemble that has traveled throughout the world performing an eclectic range of music. These clinics are part of a day-long series of competitions and adjudications and are free.
"NEXUS has built a network of fans and patrons who consider it one of the most exciting chamber ensembles in the world," wrote Pamela Margeles in Music Magazine. NEXUS musicians Bob Becker, William Cahn, Robin Engelman, Russell Hartenberger and John Wyre came together in 1971, since which time the group has toured Australia and New Zealand, Asia (they were the first western percussion group to perform in the People's Republic of China), Europe, Scandinavia and Great Britain, in addition to the United States and Canada.
Its BYU program will include music of Steve Reich, John Cage and Toru Takemitsu, as well as a piece for African thumb piano and assorted ragtime selections.
For additional information on the festival, contact Ron Brough at 378-3320.