UMASS Percussion Group

February 28, Saturday, 7 p.m.

The UMASS Percussion Group, under the direction of Ayano Kataoka, presents “Cerebral Resonances,” a program of contemporary works for percussion ensemble, including:

Andy Akiho, 21
J.S. Bach, Lute Suite in E Minor
Casey Cangelosi, Sleight of and Evil Hand
Thierry de Mey, Musique de Tables
Peter Klatzow, Dances of Earth and Fire
Steve Reich, Drumming: Part 1
Alejandro Viñao, Book of Grooves

Performers: Bridget Ambers, Alex Beltran, Ray Cole, Kyle Dubois, Rose Martin, Dustin Patrick, Rob Rocheteau, Erin Tighe, Mitch Tilghman

Percussionist and marimbist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. A versatile performer, she regularly presents music of diverse genres and mediums. A leading proponent of contemporary repertoire, Ms. Kataoka has participated in several consortiums to commission works for solo marimba or chamber ensemble from such composers as Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, Paul Lansky, and Alejandro Viñao. She was the first percussionist to be chosen for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, a three-season residency program for emerging artists offering high-profile performance opportunities in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society. Ms. Kataoka joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008.

Admission: $5, free for BMAC members and youth 18 and under