WCU’s Gaetano to perform free percussion recital Nov. 6

Western Carolina University music professor Mario Gaetano will perform a percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Coulter Building.

Mario Gaetano, professor in the School of Music at Western Carolina University, will present a percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

The event is free and open to the public.

Among pieces the concert will feature is “Variations for Four Drums and Viola” by Michael Colgrass, with Jan Daugherty of Saluda the featured violist. “This work is a contemporary masterpiece and a staple in both the viola and percussion repertoire,” Gaetano said.

Also featured will be Philip Parker’s “Beneath the Canopy” for flute and percussion, a musical depiction of the rain forest. Eldred Spell, also a professor in the WCU School of Music, will be the featured flutist, performing on soprano flute, bass flute and piccolo.

Gaetano also will perform “Celestial Dances” by Charles Argersinger for solo marimba and electronic media; solo percussion pieces by Ney Rosauro; original solo snare drum pieces; and novelty xylophone solos from the turn of the 20th century.

For more information, contact the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.