The Perry Fine Arts Series will be presenting The Heartland Marimba Quartet, on Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Perry Performing Arts Center at 1200 18th St. in Perry.
The Heartland Marima Quartet is Matthew Coley (Waterloo, IA), Michael J. Jones (Austin, TX), Joe Millea (Tempe, AZ), and Andrew Veit (Wheaton, IL). The HMQ is a dynamic ensemble within the Heartland Marimba organization made up of four marimba specialists of excitingly different backgrounds and styles of performance. The accomplished artists are some of the most creative forces in the percussion world today. It focuses on high caliber performances of contemporary works and transcriptions by American composers. HMQ regularly tours to a variety of venues, including universities, concert halls, churches, museums, and high schools, doing concerts, collaborations and educational events. With the diverse and broad experience of its performers, HMQ is the resident ensemble during the summer HMFestival, severing as the primary artist, teacher, and mentor to the attending students.
HMQ is a fierce advocate in music education and community engagement. HMQ will perform a varied program of new modern works composed for them including contemporary and groovy pieces, to ragtime and classical transcriptions such as Billy Joel’s Rootbeer Rug and Gottschalk’s Famous Tarantella. They will be premiering Coley’s Rivers of Rage on this tour; a political commentary piece written for the quartet.
The Heartland Marimba Quartet will begin its two-week tour of Iowa and Minnesota with a concert at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, IA. From there, they will perform in Des Moines, Perry, and Cedar Rapids. Other stops will include St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Burnsville, MN.
Perry Fine Arts concerts are free, open to all, and donations are accepted. The Perry Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible.