UW-Madison Javanese Gamelan Ensemble and dancers perform free concert Saturday evening

April 24, 2012

UW Javanese Gamelan Ensemble

The UW-Madison School of Music will present its free spring concert of music and dance by the UW-Madison Javanese Gamelan Ensemble and dancers at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Mills Hall.

The Javanese Gamelan Ensemble is a collection of instruments (such as metallophones, xylophones, drums and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings) acquired by the UW-Madison School of Music from Southeast Asia.

The musical offerings at the concert will range from classical court music to several popular contemporary pieces for voice and gamelan, featuring renowned drummer and composer Rasito (from Purwokerto, Java, Indonesia); vocalists Marc Benamou (Earlham College) and Mary Jo Wilson (Southeast Asian Studies); and guest instrumentalist Roger Vetter (Grinnell College).

UW-Madison’s gamelan, known as Kyahi Telaga Rukmi, will be played by members of the advanced class in Javanese gamelan performance, directed by R. Anderson Sutton, professor of ethnomusicology.

Mills Hall is located in the Mosse Humanities Building, 455 North Park Street on the UW-Madison campus.

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