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April 13, 7:00 pm – Spirit of America Winter Percussion Ensemble presents their new indoor show of music in motion, Perpetual Cycles, on Saturday, April 13, at 7:00 PM, at Nauset Regional High School in Eastham. Admission is free! After the performance Spirit will hold their annual Dessert Auction, sponsored by the parents of these young musicians. All proceeds from the sale of fabulous home-baked delicacies will go toward Spirit’s trip to Dayton, Ohio, for the WGI World Championships.
Perpetual Cycles features striking music from Latin America, and explores themes of Life, Death, and New Life. The new show opens with Life, and a lively arrangement of Joseph Curiale’s Adelina De Maya. The ensemble quickly moves into a Brazilian batucada (a sub-style of samba), and uses different ethnic Brazilian instruments like “repiniques” and “tamborims” to create a carnival atmosphere. The middle section introduces Death with a single tolling chime and four-part ensemble singing, and evolves into an arrangement of a portion of Lamentations of Jeremiah, written by Argentina’s Alberto Ginastera. Finally, the group accelerates into section three—New Life—featuring the complex rhythms of Pat Metheny’s Third Wind, before coming full circle with a return to Curiale.
Spirit heads to the World Championships on April 14, 2013. Last spring the group won First Place in the Independent Marching A Division of WGI Sport of the Arts 2012 Percussion World Championships in Dayton, OH. Competing against 24 teams from across the United States, this group of young people from Cape Cod swept their division in a landslide victory, with a score of 95.975 (an unprecedented lead of 4 points higher than any other group).
The members of Spirit of America Winter Percussion Ensemble range in age from 10-23, and are under the direction of Richard K. Pugsley (Director) and Ian Hale (Ensemble Director).