Piano and Percussion Couple to Perform Feb. 22

Music activities continue at Truman after the Piano Festival, with a separate performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

The Department of Music will host The Petrella Ensemble, a piano and percussion duo from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Husband and wife, Nick and Diane Petrella, are both on the faculty at the UMKC Conservatory. Nick Petrella serves as assistant professor of percussion, as well as director of education for Sabian, Ltd., a world-renowned cymbal manufacturer. He has commissioned and premiered numerous new music for percussion and has many solo and chamber music performances to his credit.

Diane Petrella is currently assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy at the UMKC Conservatory. She has also served on the music faculties of Texas Wesleyan University and Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

As the Petrella Ensemble, the duo has appeared throughout the U.S., in Mexico and in Poland. Both artists will also be presenting master classes during their Truman visit.

Their appearance is co-sponsored by Sabian, Ltd., and The Truman Percussion Society.  Admission is free.  For more information, please contact Michael Bump, associate professor of music, at 785.4052 or mbump@truman.edu.

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