Critically-acclaimed Percussion Group Cincinnati will perform at the Southern Ohio Museum as part of the Cream of the Concerts series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, in the Hopkins Theatre. The concert closes out Cream of the Concerts, a musical series highlighting local musicians and offering a complement to the biennial Cream of the Crop exhibition.
Percussion Group Cincinnati is made up of Allen Otte, James Culley and Russell Burge, all of whom are faculty members and ensemble-in-residence at College-Conservatory of Music of University of Cincinnati. The trio also will be performing compositions by local composer Michael Barnhardt.
The New York Times has called PGC "impossible to over-praise," while The Washington Post referred to PGC as, "some of the most beautiful and unusual chamber music of the season ... a performance of remarkable intensity and a far wider range than the usual chamber music fare."
The New Yorker magazine referred to them as "master musicians."
According to Tamara Turner of CD Baby, "PGC outlines landscapes of sound, casting an aural sense of background, middleground and foreground with real clarity and command. Showcasing classic and experimental concert music from America, Chile, South Africa and China, their dynamic palette consists of marimbas, drums, gongs, prepared piano, a computer, a deck of cards and more."
Admission will be $9 for the general public, and $6 for members, seniors and children younger than 12. Call-ahead reservations are available by calling (740) 354-5629. Beer will be available for sale during the concerts.
The museum's performing arts series is supported by the Kricker Fund of the Scioto Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and the museum's individual and corporate members.
The museum is located at 825 Gallia St., in Portsmouth. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The museum is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.
Visit www.somacc.com, or phone (740) 354-5629 for more information.