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Percussion Ensemble Spotlights Alumnus James Clanton
Alumnus James Clanton will return as guest soloist Dec. 6 with the Oklahoma City University Percussion Ensemble. Sunday’s free 8 p.m. event will feature contemporary concert works for percussion ensemble, jazz pieces, and ragtime.
Clanton, who specializes in Mexican folkloric music, is on the faculty of Pittsburg State University. At PSU, he teaches graduate and undergraduate percussion, directs the Pride of the Plains Drumline, and directs and conducts the percussion ensemble.
A meet-the-artists reception will be held Sunday in the Bass Music Center atrium, after the performance.
At the OCU concert, Clanton will be guest soloist on “Spinning Plates” by Anders Astrand. Also on the program: music by Christopher Rouse, David Gillingham, Steve Reich, David Maslanka, Dave Hall, Thierry de Mey, Harry Breuer, David Friedman, and Pat Metheny.
Members of the 2009-10 OCU Percussion Ensemble are Greg Anikienko, Jordanne Benton, Linda Brown, David Calhoun, Dorian Carter, Brennan Connolly, Joseph Craven, Joseph Doubleday, Nikola Gjorcevski, Tim Holt, Colton Hines, Sam Hinson, Sean Johnson, Dalton King, Alex Lofland, Jordan Marble, Jerred Murphy, Dane Romano, Eddy Streck, Jake Tatarian, and Jamie Whitmarsh. The group is under the direction of Dr. David Steffens.
Earlier this year, Clanton traveled to South America where he gave master classes as a guest artist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Asuncion and taught a course at National Catholic University. He also recently performed as guest vibraphone soloist of the Associazione Culturale Colleionci in Velletri, Italy, and at the Grumo Music Festival.
As former member of Marimba Yajalón, and Marimba Sol de Chiapas, Clanton has performed and lectured internationally about the traditional marimba music of Mexico and Guatemala, and educating audiences about the history and culture of Mexico’s folkloric music.
Clanton has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet Orchestra, and the Northland Symphony Orchestra of Kansas City, where he was principal timpanist for seven seasons. Clanton has also participated in the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, Kan., the Puccini Festival Orchestra in Kansas City, Mo., and the Mahlerfest Orchestra in Boulder, Colo.
He received a bachelor's degree in music education from Oklahoma City University and a master's in percussion performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree.