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Play It Again

Birch Creek’s 2014 Concert Season opened to a full house on June 19. An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the rhythms and sounds of Percussion and Steel Band performers, which followed a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of the Play It Again Stand’s grand opening.

Birch Creek Executive Director Alan Kopischke, Board of Trustees President Jane Berg, Associates President Lyn Huber, and Associates Membership Chair Joan Guasta christened the new Play It Again Stand concessions and gift shop. The shop’s new, centralized location is convenient to visit prior to concerts and during intermission for beverages, snacks and Birch Creek memorabilia.

Prior to the main concert, Percussion and Steel Band students played African drums and performed choreographed traditional dance for the delighted audience in the courtyard.

Just before 8 pm, reception guests and others took their seats in the Dutton Concert Barn for the “Drumming Mosaic” concert. Several dozen concertgoers took advantage of the new reserved seat section, constituting the first few rows of the center section. Percussion and Steel Band faculty – along with advanced students – performed on orchestral drums, steel pans and world percussion instruments like djembes, congas, shakers and cowbells, and such keyboard instruments as marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones, chimes and glockenspiels. The “PanCam” gave patrons a unique view of Liam Teague’s lightning-quick hands in the steel pan.

Percussion and Steel Band concerts continue through June 28, followed by Symphony, Big Band Jazz and Vocal Jazz. Concert tickets are available at birchcreek.org or 920.868.3763.