Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor opens its 2016 summer concert season with the start of its Percussion & Steel Band session June 23.
Birch Creek is a residential summer music academy where gifted students learn from music professionals from across the country during the day, then perform alongside them in concerts at night in the campus’ 500-seat century-old Dutton Concert Barn. Two-week sessions are held, with concerts, in Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony, and twice in Big Band Jazz.
The June 23 opening concert is “Percussive Panoply,” a night of music featuring the Percussion faculty.
“The ‘Percussive Panoply’ is a unique opportunity to hear our Birch Creek percussion faculty performing the music that is most meaningful to them,” said Dan Moore, Percussion & Steel Band program director and Director of Percussion at the University of Iowa. “It gives them the chance to highlight their individual areas of expertise in an eclectic program of music inspired by everything from the tangos of Argentina to the rocket ships of Ray Bradbury, and even the art of taxidermy.”
Other concerts in the Percussion session are “Island Hoppers: A Percussion Travelogue” on June 24; “Caribbean Cruise” June 25; “Percussive Jazz” with Moore, June 28; “Steel Panoramic” with steel pan master Liam Teague, June 30; “Percussion Pops” (the Dutton Memorial Concert), July 1; and “A Star-Spangled Percussion Spectacular,” July 2.
Birch Creek is at 3821 County E, three miles east of Egg Harbor. All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. with pre-show music by small groups under the gazebo or in Juniper Hall at 7 p.m., except the June 25 “Caribbean Cruise” starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $29 for adults, $10 students and $6 children, with premium seating available for $34; group rates are available for parties of 15 or more. For tickets or more information, go to www.birchcreek.org or call 920-868-3763.