Reinhardt’s Percussion Ensemble brings rhythm to FPAC


The Reinhardt Percussion Ensemble performed for a sizable crowd in the Falany Performing Arts Center. The show brought international rhythms together under one roof.

Beginning at 7:30 pm on Nov. 8, the performance brought together seven pieces from around the world, much to the delight of the crowd.

“I thought it was amazing,” sophomore Aundrea Aker said.

Instrumental Studies professor Olivia Kieffer directed and performed in the show, and she debuted her own arrangement of the final song “Music for Wiek.” Throughout the show, the ensemble used various percussion instruments, like different types of drums and a marimba to name a few. The ensemble also made use of pianos and the Reinhardt Saxophone Quartet.

The full version of “Music for Wiek” is a 70-minute performance, but the ensemble performed only one portion for this show. Traditionally using sampled percussion, Professor Kieffer’s arrangement changed to live instruments, and the resulting sound was truly a unique experience.

Playing for roughly an hour-and-a-half, the percussion ensemble provided a fantastic night of unique songs in several styles ranging from ethereal church bells to flamenco, encouraged by the enthusiastic crowd.

The Ensemble performed a wonderful show that is a prime example of the talent here at Reinhardt.

Written by: Jacob Howard. Photos by Malik Golar.

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