Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Music Department will host the 12th Annual Percussion Festival on Friday, January 18, and Saturday, January 19. The Festival will kick off with a free concert Friday at 7:30 PM, featuring the UMHB Percussion Ensemble and guest percussion artist and award-winning composer Casey Cangelosi, in the Hughes Recital Hall on the UMHB campus. Cangelosi will also teach a master class to area percussion students Saturday at 9:30 AM in Hughes Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.
Cangelosi has been described as a “voice of the new generation” by the 2010 International Marimba Festival. His compositional style and boundary-pushing virtuosity have earned him the nickname “The Paganini of Percussion” among his peers. Cangelosi has performed at some of today’s most recognized festivals including the PiteD Percussion Repertoire Festival in PiteD, Sweden; the 2010 International Marimba Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the 2011 Zeltsman Marimba Festival in Appleton, Wisconsin; PASIC 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana; and the Zivkovich International Marimba and Percussion Summer Academy in Engers, Germany. In the 2011-2012 academic year alone, Cangelosi appeared as an invited guest-artist/clinician to over 30 universities, high schools, and middle schools. Cangelosi has received numerous composition awards from the Massachusetts Percussive Arts Society, Sam Houston State University, and the Classical Marimba League. Since 2011, he has been commissioned for over 20 compositions by many performing institutions, universities, companies, ensembles, and individual soloists. He has won several performance awards from academic institutions and is a MTNA National Young Artist. Cangelosi is proudly sponsored by ProMark, Majestic, Mapex, Remo, Beiner Bags, Grover Pro Percussion, and Zildjian.
For more information about the 12th Annual Percussion Festival, please contact Dr. Stephen Crawford at the UMHB Music Department at (254) 295-8664.