Preview: Third Coast Percussion to Premiere Paddle to the Sea on Sunday Evening

Third Coast Percussion wins 2017 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. Photo Courtesy of Third Coast Percussion.

Chicago’s Grammy Award winning Third Coast Percussion will be offering a water-themed program that includes the Chicago premiere of their new piece, Paddle to the Sea at Thalia Hall on May 13, 7:30 pm. The four members worked together to compose the piece to be a live soundtrack of the 1966 film of the same name, which was adapted from a children’s book. All of the works on this program can be heard on their new CD.

To perform the piece, the ensemble will be making noise from a large and interesting array of objects. These include traditional percussive instruments, such as drums, bells, synthesizer, and a marimba, as well as unusual objects, such ceramic floor tiles and a bowl filled with water and a submerged microphone.

Other water themed works on the program include Jacob Druckman’s Reflections on the Nature of Water for solo marimba. Third Coast Percussion will also be performing its own arrangement of Philip Glass’s 12 Pieces for Ballet, which was originally composed for piano, and Chigwaya, a piece in the African Shona tradition arranged by Zimbabwean musician Musekiwa Chingodza. Both pieces are derived from water themes.

Paddle to the Sea will be premiered at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., Chicago, IL 60608, May 13, 2018, 7:30 pm. $23-$40.



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