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Sō Percussion (Images courtesy of Artpark & Company)
Sō Percussion (Images courtesy of Artpark & Company)

Artpark presents Sō Percussion on June 13

Tue, Jun 1st 2021 04:25 pm

Artpark & Company announces a performance by Sō Percussion as part of the 2021 “New Music in the Park” series at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 13.

A press release stated, “Not just a world-renowned ensemble, but an institution, Sō Percussion is a percussion-based music organization that creates and presents new collaborative works to adventurous and curious audiences and educational initiatives to engaged students, while providing meaningful service to its communities, in order to exemplify the power of music to unite people and forge deep social bonds.”

Tickets for the event are $12 and are available at artpark.net/events/so-percussion.

Through its interpretations of modern classics, innovative, multigenre original productions, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and role of the modern percussion ensemble, placing it at the leading edge of 21st-century music.

Sō’s repertoire ranges from 20th century works by John Cage, Steve Reich and Iannis Xenakis, et al., to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Steven Mackey and Caroline Shaw, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including Shara Nova, choreographer Susan Marshall, The National and Bryce Dessner.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test are not required for this event. Patrons will just be required to maintain social distance and wear a mask if they are not fully vaccinated.

The Artpark summer season runs now through Sept. 17 and also includes:

√ “Sonic Trails” (ongoing) – https://www.artpark.net/sonic-trails

√ “New Music in the Park” – https://www.artpark.net/new-music-in-the-park

√ Fairy House Festival (June 12) – https://www.artpark.net/events/fairy-house-festival-2

√ A Torn Space Theater production, “Intersection/Prototype” (June 18) – https://www.artpark.net/events/intersection-prototype

√ Strawberry Moon Festival (June 19) – https://www.artpark.net/events/strawberry-moon-festival-1

√ Artpark Theatre Academy: “School of Rock” (June 28 through July 18) – https://www.artpark.net/events/artpark-theatre-academy-school-of-rock

√ Visual art camp – https://www.artpark.net/events/art-camp

√ Music & soccer camp – https://www.artpark.net/events/music-soccer-summer-camp

√ “Free Family Saturdays”

√ Amphitheater concerts – https://www.artpark.net/concerts-2021

Visit https://www.artpark.net/ for a current schedule.

About the Artist – Courtesy of Artpark

Sō Percussion’s original productions – including “From Out A Darker Sea,” “Where (we) Live” and Jason Treuting’s “Amid the Noise” – employ a distinctively 21st century palette of original music, artistic collaboration, theatrical production values and visual art, yielding powerful explorations of the human experience.

In December 2019, Sō Percussion made a triumphant return to Carnegie Hall for a sold-out performance of “A Percussion Century,” a sprawling exploration of the modern percussion repertoire including works by composers Cage, Lang, Reich and Xenakis, as well as works by Carlos Chávez and Johanna Beyer, and the New York premiere of Sō’s newest commission, “Forbidden Love,” a string quartet by Julia Wolfe.

Sō has recorded more than 20 other albums; appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Hall, the Barbican, the Eaux Claires Festival, MassMoCA and TED 2016; and performed with Jad Abumrad, JACK Quartet, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel, among others.

Sō Percussion (Images courtesy of Artpark & Company)

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Artpark’s 2021 season is supported by M&T Bank, Cullen Foundation, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Wright Beverage Distributing, and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Earl W. Brydges Artpark is operated by Artpark & Company Inc. for State Parks under a long-term collaborative agreement.

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