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Wittenberg Series Presents Master Percussion Group NEXUS For March 27 Performance

March 20, 2012  
 Filed in Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University welcomes the master percussion group NEXUS to campus for a Wittenberg Series-sponsored performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Weaver Chapel, 4 East Campus Drive.

The performance is presented with support from WDPR 88.1-FM, WYSO 91.3-FM and Gil Belles, class of 1962. In the long-standing tradition of the Wittenberg Series, the event is free and open to the public.

NEXUS is renowned internationally for its innovation and creativity. Percussionists Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger and Garry Kvistad perform using a wide variety of unusual instruments, including Swiss cowbells, Chinese drums, Tibetan prayer bowls, Middle Eastern hand drums to Southeast Asian water buffalo bells.

The first NEXUS concert in 1971 was entirely improvised, marking the formation of a group that has entertained people of all levels of musical learning through all genres of percussion music. The group has toured Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Brazil, Scandinavia, Europe and Canada, in addition to reaching every corner of the United States.

NEXUS has received several awards, including Banff Centre for the Arts National Award and Toronto Arts Award, in addition to induction into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1999.The group offers a repertoire ranging from military music to 1920s ragtime to rhythms of Africa to the compositions of Japanese master Toru Takemitsu.

In addition to the public performance, NEXUS will host a student workshop at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, also in Weaver Chapel.

The Wittenberg Series brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at 937-398-0382 or via e-mail at

Written By: Ryan Maurer


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