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International Percussion Festival Final Concert Set for February 16 at USM

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The International Percussion Festival will feature a final concert performance by guest artists Oscar Albrieu Roca and Javier Nandayapa as well as the Southern Miss Percussion Ensemble.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music proudly presents the final concert of the International Percussion Festival on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at The Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, Miss. The concert will feature a performance by guest artists Oscar Albrieu Roca and Javier Nandayapa as well as the Southern Miss Percussion Ensemble.

Earlier in the week, both guest artists will also host a master class. Oscar Albrieu Roca, an Argentinian Percussionist, will have his master class on Feb. 14, while Javier Nandayapa, a Mexican Marimba Specialist, will have his master class on Feb. 15. Both lectures are at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Percussion Room and are free and open to the public.

Oscar Albrieu Roca is Professor of Percussion at the Buenos Aires Conservatoire as well as the Percussion Director of the National Program in Argentina. Roca has taught and performed in United States, Spain, England, and Germany to name a few.

Javier Nandayapa started his musical career in 1989 with the famous Marimba Nandayapa ensemble. As a soloist, he has performed around the world with various orchestras such as Orkiestra Kameralna PROGRESS (Poland), the Lithuanian State chamber orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Price of admission for the concert is $15 for the general public and $5 for students with ID. All proceeds will go to the USM Percussion Studio.

For more information, contact Dr. John Wooton at john.wooton@usm.edu.