Sō Percussion

So Percussion performing
Photo by Live Well Photo

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 8:00 pm
McCullough Theatre

Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sō Percussion
with Shara Worden, vocals
Featuring a World Premiere by Sō Percussion & Shara Worden

Sō Percussion
with UT Percussion Ensemble
Tom Burritt, director – Steve Reich’s

Sō Percussion
Josh Quillen
Adam Sliwinski
Jason Treuting
Eric Beach


For over a decade, Sō Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture. They return to Texas Performing Arts with two distinct programs.

Praised by The New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” Sō’s adventurous spirit is written into the DNA passed down from composers like John Cage and Steve Reich, as well as from pioneering ensembles like the Kronos Quartet and Nexus Percussion. Sō Percussion’s career now encompasses 13 albums, touring throughout the United States and around the world, a dizzying array of collaborative projects, several ambitious educational programs, and a steady output of their own music.

Sō Percussion’s March 11 program includes the world premiere of a Texas Performing Arts co-commissioned new work by Steven Mackey. It will feature guest vocalist Shara Worden, who is lead singer and songwriter for the experimental pop band My Brightest Diamond. The following evening, Sō Percussion performs Steve Reich’s 1971 breakthrough masterpiece Drumming, with the UT Percussion Ensemble and guest vocalists, directed by Tom Burritt.

“One of the most colorful ensembles around, and lately one of the engines that drives New York’s new music world.” – The New York Times


March 11 Performance
Music for Wood and Strings (2013) – Bryce Dessner (b. 1976)
Timeline (2015) – Shara Worden/So Percussion
It Is Time (2010) – Steve Mackey (b. 1956)

March 12 Performance
Drumming (1971) – Steve Reich (b. 1936)


Post-Performance Talkback
Wednesday, March 11
Immediately following the performance
McCullough Theatre

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