Portal Percussion Coming to The Ware Center, 11/1

One of Central PA's premier chamber ensembles, Portal Percussion, will present their stimulating, high-energy percussion performance at the Ware Center on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 3 p.m. Their repertoire spans from traditional to contemporary, across a wide variety of percussion styles. Joining them will be guest artist Arthur Lipner, one of the leading vibes and marimba voices in jazz today, percussion artist and composer Colleen Clark, featuring the premier of her vibraphone concerto "Poodleopolis," and the Millersville University Percussion Ensemble under the helm of Professor James Armstong and Penn Manor's Caleb Breidenbaugh, recently added to the All-National Honor Ensemble. The event will also feature a recently premiered piece, "Fairy Tales," written and composed by Colin Bell. The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster.

Comprised of percussionists Matt Bracciante, Brian Doherty, and Rich Klimowicz, Portal Percussion has been providing performances and clinics to a wide number of schools, conventions, and music halls across the Mid-Atlantic since Fall 2011. They have made it their mission to enrich local communities by exposing them to the exciting world of percussion through performance, and so in addition to performing, they place strong emphasis on the benefits of music education. They have tailored interactive clinics for school students designed to generate a greater respect and appreciation for music in their lives.

Arthur Lipner has been called by Chuck Berg of JAZZTIMES "a virtuosic master of vibraphone, marimba, and steel drums ... whether coaxing rich, rainforest sounds ... or letting loose free-flowing arcs." Lipner's critically acclaimed recordings, concerts, and clinics reveal a fresh energetic approach to contemporary mallets. His works have been used on radio, film, and television in places like Finland, Japan, Belgium, The Netherlands, and England, and he has performed live throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean.

In addition to the Arts at Millersville season sponsors, event sponsors for this concert are Vic Firth and Steve Weiss, and supported by WOMAD. Running time is 90 minutes plus intermission.

This event is FREE and open to the public; however, tickets are required. Tickets can be acquired online by visiting ArtsMU.com or by calling 717-871-7600. Tickets can also be acquired in person at the Ticket Office located in the Student Memorial Center on Millersville's campus, or the Ware Center, located at 42 N. Prince Street, in Lancaster. Doors open one hour before each show for ticket sales, subject to availability.

The Millersville University Visual and Performing Arts Season is made possible by support from Season Platinum Partner Rodgers & Associates and Gold Season Sponsors Aussie and the Fox and Hagelgans & Veronis, and Silver Season Sponsors Clipper Magazine, The Hotel Lancaster, 12:34 MicroTechnologies, and Weber Advertising. First Friday Music Stage is sponsored by Fine Living Lancaster. This season's Luminary Donors include Ann Barshinger, John & Susan Garofola, Mary Burton & Laurent Horne, Linda Holman Marcks, William McIlwaine, Peggy Neff, Mary Kearns & Jon Walker, and Paul & Judy Ware.

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