Southeastern News

Percussion ensemble to perform Oct. 23

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the percussion ensemble Talujon at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The group will offer a master class at 4 p.m. on the same day in the recital hall.

The Musical Arts Series is sponsored by Southeastern, Red River Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, Donna Massey Music Education Fund, and local donors and supporters.

There is no charge for the concert and the public is encouraged to attend.

Described by the New York Times as having an “edgy, unflagging energy,” Talujon has been captivating audiences since 1990.

Based in New York City, the group’s performances have included collaborations with well-known artists in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall.

The group also appears in universities and concert halls throughout the United States, as well as numerous festivals worldwide.

Talujon developed a program called “A World of Influences,” which incorporates its own compositions featuring homemade and traditional instruments.

Dr. Michael Lipsey is the founding member of Talujon Percussion and a full-time professor at the Aaron Copeland School of Music at CUNY Queens College, where he directs the Percussion Program and the New Music Ensemble.

He is a recording artist who has performed throughout the world and presented master classes at many schools, including the prestigious Julliard School of Music.

Other members of the group are Drs. Ian Antonio, Dominic Donato and Matt Ward, along with David Cossin, Matthew Gold and Tom Kolor.