TorQ Percussion Quartet at Mendelssohn Hall Nov. 21

Staff Report

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center (MPAC) presents the dynamic TorQ Percussion Quartet at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26, at Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., Rockford.

Praised by the Ottawa Citizen as “Outstanding — no, make that astonishing,” TorQ Percussion Quartet was formed by four Canadian percussionists looking to add new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance. Renowned for their engaging performances and repertoire, members Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy are committed to making new music accessible to audiences that span generations and geography.

TorQ is committed to commissioning new works for percussion quartet from both established and up-and-coming composers. A constantly evolving repertoire gives them the opportunity to combine the most recent commissions with better-known works by composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Nebojsa Zivkovic.

In addition to promoting new music, TorQ is also a strong believer in the importance of music education. In combination with Ontario-based organization “Prologue for the Performing Arts,” TorQ performs approximately 70 shows per academic year to elementary and secondary school audiences. All four members of TorQ are faculty members of the Durham Integrated Arts Camp, run by the Durham District School Board.

Admission is $25 for adults, $6 for students. Tickets are available at the door, online at www.mendelssohnpac.org or by phone at (815) 964-9713.

From the Nov. 19-25, 2014, issue

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