Center Stage Series: Sō Percussion

Sō Percussion, an ensemble group pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Main Hall of Luther College's Center for Faith and Life as part of the college's Center Stage Series.

Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

When the founding members of Sō Percussion convened as graduate students at the Yale School of Music, they initially intended to present audiences with an exciting repertoire of pieces by 20th century luminaries such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Iannis Xenakis. Since their first major commissioned work by David Lang, Sō Percussion has commissioned works by arguably some of the greatest American composers such as, Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, Martin Bresnick and many others to build their new repertoire.

Since 2006 with group member Jason Treuting's "amid the noise," the members of Sō Percussion have been composing their own works within the group and for others. "Imaginary City" and "Where (we) Live" were the next two evening-length works the group produced. In 2011, Sō Percussion was commissioned by Shen Wei Dance Arts to compose "Undivided Divided," a thirty-minute work conceived for Manhattan's massive Park Avenue Armory.

Sō Percussion has also collaborated on many projects and appearances with musicians such as Matmos, Wham City shaman Dan Deacon, legendary drummer Bobby Previte, jam band kings Medeski Martin and Wood and Wilco's Glenn Kotche. They have also produced several recordings; "So-called Laws of Nature" became the cornerstone of their self-titled debut album in 2004, and in 2011 Sō Percussion released six new albums.

In 2009, they created the annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute on the campus of Princeton University. The Institute is an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists featuring the four members of Sō Percussion as faculty in the rehearsal, performance and discussion of contemporary music for students from around the world. Its members are also co-directors of a new percussion department at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Sō Percussion has performed and been featured at several major venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In addition, a recent residency at London's Barbican Centre, as well as tours to Western Europe, South America, Russia and Australia have brought them international acclaim.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.