The Year Behind and the Year to Come
2011 was a truly unforgettable year for Third Coast Percussion. The Steve Reich Celebration with Eighth Blackbird drew over 9,000 people to Millennium Park in August. In September, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, with the premiere of David Skidmore’s “Common Patterns in Uncommon Time,” which was commissioned for the occasion. We also thoroughly enjoyed our collaborations this year with Tim Munro, Nick Photinos, Signal, eighth blackbird and Meehan/Perkins Duo, the premiere of great new works by Anthony Pateras and our own Clay Condon, and dozens of other performances across twelve different states.
TCP will mark John Cage’s centenary in 2012 with a CD/DVD of his early percussion works and numerous concerts, but the coming year will also include the premiere of a newly commissioned percussion quartet by Augusta Read Thomas, a rare performance of Gerard Grisey’s “Le Noir de l’Etoile,” new community engagement initiatives and an ever-growing touring schedule. In the near future, Third Coast will also release an album of Philippe Manoury’s music, a CD/DVD of ensemble member David Skidmore’s new architecture-inspired work, and another album including works by Louis Andriessen, Arvo Pärt, Peter Garland, Christopher Deane and TCP members David Skidmore and Clay Condon.
Thanks to all of you who have supported us during the past year by coming to concerts, buying CDs and t-shirts, volunteering your time or making a tax-deductible donation. We couldn’t do it without you!
-Clay, Rob, Peter and David