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Beta Percussion Concert Series Casey Cangelosi & Michael Udow
August 6 • 8:00 am - 8:00 pm• Free
Area classical music fans have a unique opportunity this summer to see world renowned percussionists perform brand new works for free at Beall Concert Hall.
Between August 4th and 10th, the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance will be hosting the Beta Percussion International Institute an intensive week-long seminar on percussion playing and writing. The new music will be workshopped by day, and performed in the evening by some of the world’s best percussionists.
While the day time events are only open to seminar participants, the evening concerts are free and open to the public.
On Monday, August 6 at 8 p.m. Casey Cangelosi & Michael Udow will take the stage to perform a variety of new works. Cangelosi is the Director of Percussion Studies at James Madison University, and is commonly hosted as a visiting artist by educational institutions world-wide. Since 2011, Cangelosi has performed solo recitals in Italy, Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Croatia, Sweden, Taiwan, Portugal, and widely across the U.S. at events including The Midwest Clinic, several PASIC Showcase Concerts, and over 40 universities. He adjudicates percussion performance and composition competitions, and is regularly commissioned for new works.
While Cangelosi is a world traveler, Michael Udow’s career eludes categorization. Having retired after a distinguished career at The Santa Fe Opera in 2009 and the University of Michigan in 2011, Udow now devotes his full-time energies to composing. He also continues to design instruments and share his knowledge with the next generation of percussionists and composers doing short-term residencies at conservatories and universities.
Udow and dancer/choreographer Nancy Udow toured for 37 years performing their compositions and works dedicated to them by other composers. He has toured internationally for decades in chamber music settings with Keiko Abe, Summit Brass, the Tone Road Ramblers, and Barton Workshop. Udow was also a member of the historic Blackearth Percussion Group and the New Orleans Philharmonic.
His compositions have been performed and recorded by Keiko Abe, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Madison Philharmonia, Boulder Philharmonic, and the Colorado Chamber Orchestra where Michael served as composer-in-residence in 2014 season. The prize-winning film, Token City, and subsequent museum installation was a collaboration with visual artist, Muriel Magenta. He has also collaborated for over forty years with visual artist, Rita Blitt, on sound sculptures, and three films including the film and percussion work, Abyss of Time.