posted November 4, 2013

Meehan/Perkins Duo to Perform Tonight

The Meehan/Perkins Duo will present a percussion concert at Hope College on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Founded in 2006, the Meehan/Perkins Duo (Todd Meehan and Doug Perkins) is dedicated to creating a new body of work for percussion duo.  To date the Duo has collaborated with composers David Lang, Paul Lansky, Nathan Davis, John Supko, and Matt McBane to expand the repertoire and produce eclectic new acoustic and electro-acoustic works for percussion.

The Duo uses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Pearl/Adams drums and keyboards, Black Swamp Percussion accessories, Remo drumheads, and Zildjian cymbals.  The performance will include “Momentary Expanse” and “Parallels” by Tristan Perich.

The Duo has shared its music with audiences throughout the country, including performances at Weill Recital Hall, the Ojai Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Festival, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, the Bang on a Can Marathon, The Stone, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and abroad in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk, Russia.

In June 2012, the Duo premiered its newest commission, Jonathan Leshnoff’s “Concerto for Two Percussionists and Orchestra,” with the Texas Festival Orchestra under the baton of Michael Stern at the Round Top International Festival-Institute. This work received performances during the 2012-13 season with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the Baylor Symphony Orchestra.

The 2012-13 season featured appearances at the Visiones Sonoras Festival in Morelia, Mexico, the Works and Process Series at the Guggenheim Museum, the University of South Carolina’s Southern Exposure Series, and a residency at Da Camera of Houston featuring a John Cage “Musicircus,” among others. The Duo was also awarded a recent Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.