A Fanfare for All
GWYNETH WALKER Open the Door
JENNIFER HIGDON Percussion Concerto
Cameron Leach, percussion
COPLAND Symphony No. 3
This program features two works by American women—Gwyneth Walker’s Open the Door overture and Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, winner of the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Copland’s Third Symphony, written at the end of the Second World War, uses his famous “Fanfare for the Common Man” theme to express the euphoric spirit of the country at that time.
Free pre-concert talk with Elliot Moore—6:30 PM in the Commons area
Adult – $25; Senior (60+)/Active Military – $22; Students & Children – $5
About Cameron Leach
American percussionist Cameron Leach is a bold performer recognized for his expressive virtuosity, musical athleticism, and daring interpretations. As a soloist and chamber musician, Leach has concertized in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared at some of the world’s finest institutions, including the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Sibelius Academy, and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and notable halls such as the Lila Cockrell Theater, Ohio Theatre, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, and China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.
Leach is the winner of both the Percussive Arts Society International Solo Artist Competition and Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, and was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He is a member of the Northern California-based percussion quartet Orphic Percussion, and one half of the Leach|Peters Percussion Duo. Along with his active touring schedule, Leach regularly performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. An in-demand educator, Leach recently held a professorship at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, and now teaches exclusively as a guest artist at universities across the United States. Leach proudly endorses Black Swamp Percussion, Beetle Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Malletech.
Leach’s 2019-20 season features concerto debuts with the Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and the Euclid Symphony Orchestra, as well as the premiere of a new concerto for solo percussion and chamber winds by Durwynne Hsieh. Leach will unveil two new solo programs throughout the season: ELISION, his entirely electroacoustic show, appears at the Rochester Fringe Festival, 2019 Ohio Day of Percussion, and on Ohio University’s CLICK Series, while his percussion theatre project, Seven Short Stories, has its premiere on the New Music at Short North Stage Series. On top of the seven new solo works Leach will premiere on his own programs, he will serve as artist-in-residence at Denison University’s biennial TUTTI Festival, allowing him to collaborate with and premiere several new pieces by festival composers.
Leach’s quartet, Orphic Percussion, will make recital debuts in Nuremberg and San Francisco, followed by ensemble residencies at Las Positas College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Additionally, the Leach | Peters Duo will be featured on WXXI-FM’s “Live from Hochstein” radio broadcast during a recital/clinic tour of Upstate New York, culminating in a residency at the Eastman Community Music School. Looking ahead to 2020-2021, Leach will make his concerto debut with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, premiering a new percussion concerto by Guggenheim Fellow and Fromm Commission recipient Adam Roberts. www.cleachmusic.com