Percussion Ensemble: “From A to Z (Aron to Zappa)"

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 7:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Tickets: general ($10), non-UCSB students with ID ($5), UCSB students with ID (FREE), children under 12 (FREE). Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the AS Ticket Office window (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion), online at, or by calling the AS Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230

Please join us for a concert spanning the alphabet of composers, from our own CCS composition student Jack Aron to the notable Los Angeles legend Frank Zappa, with stops in between on Michael Burritt, Christopher Rouse, Maurice Ravel, and Peter Schickele.

The concert’s first half features a quartet for (mostly) non-pitched percussion: Michael Burritt’s The Doomsday Machine, inspired by an episode of the original STAR TREK TV series. Rounding out the first half is a duet for marimbas on Ravel’s Alborado del gracioso, and Jack Aron’s Galaxies for full ensemble, plus guest pianist Leslie Cain, a student of Paul Berkowitz’s in the DMA performance program. We are especially happy to present Jack’s piece, continuing a tradition of developing and performing student compositions for percussion. Jack is a student of Leslie Hogan’s in the College of Creative Studies Music Composition program.

The second half of the concert features three graduating percussionists, all of whom have contributed mightily to music at UCSB, specifically in the area of percussion performance with a number of ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, and Percussion Ensemble. Robert Deichert (Psychology) will be featured on a movement from Peter Schickele’s (aka PDQ Bach) Woodstock Sonata, originally written for the NEXUS Percussion Ensemble. Nick Diamantides (B.Mus, Percussion) will be tested by Frank Zappa’s appropriately titled The Black Page, a written-out solo for drumset originally written to test drummer Terry Bozzio, and then extended to include other instruments because Frank Zappa “thought that other people would enjoy playing the melody of The Black Page, too.” (The title The Black Page refers to the density of the notes on the page, making for a page that looks more black than white.) Bassist Nick Herskovitz, a member of UCSB’s Jazz Ensemble, assists. Finally, Andrew Manos (CCS Composition) will channel the memory of iconic rock drummer John Bonham in Christopher Rouse’s Bonham, a tribute to this drummer’s influence on rock and music history, and will feature the entire 8 member UCSB Percussion Ensemble as accompaniment to the drumset solo. The UCSB Percussion Ensemble is Sabastian Johnson, Nick Diamantides, Andrew Manos, Dominick DiCesare, Robert Deichert, Ranjan Dalao-Bhadra, Helena Che, and Brian Morones with Jon Nathan, director. 
Join us for this exciting finale to our year, and several student’s UCSB’s careers.

The UCSB Percussion Ensemble presents "From A to Z (Aron to Zappa)". Wednesday, May 18, 2016. 7:30 p.m. Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus.