What do you get when you combine four Birmingham musicians with a passion for percussion? An Iron Giant. Iron Giant Percussion was formed when students Sam Herman, Brett Huffman, Seth Noble and Justin Wallace collaborated. Brett and Seth recently graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in music. Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Music Technology. Sam is a senior Music Technology major. The UAB Department of Music presented them in concert at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on January 17, 2012.
They first collaborated in 2010 for Seth Noble’s Young Performing Artist Program recital at UAB. They performed together again in spring 2011 for the Sanspointe Dance Company in Birmingham. As they prepared, talk of forming their own percussion quartet became more frequent, with the ultimate goal of performing an entire concert on their own.
UAB Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence Yakov Kasman will be featured in two performances of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with French Orchestre Lamoureux and conductor Emmanuel Leducq-Barome. The first performance takes place at Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Sunday, January 29, followed by a second performance in Rungis at the Theatre de Rungis, Sunday, January 31. Yakov Kasman is a Silver Medalist of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and concertizes throughout the world with orchestras, as a recitalist, and as a collaborative pianist.
UAB University Professor Henry Panion III, Ph.D., will be one of two keynote speakers for the 2012 College Music Society Summit, Jan. 20-21 at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention in Anaheim, Calif.
The 2012 Summit’s focus is “Untapped Collaborations: Synergies between the Music Products Industry and the Education of the Next Generation of Musicians.” More than 90,000 people are expected to attend the convention.
The newly commissioned work, “Imprint,” will be performed at 2 p.m. in the Louisiana State University Recital Hall. Price also will give a lecture on his music to the LSU Composers Forum Jan. 23.
In 2008, Price was named the Music Teachers National Association Composer of the Year. He teaches courses in music theory, music technology and aural skills in the UAB Department of Musc and serves as coordinator of composition for the Alabama Music Teachers Association.