Ben Andrews

Copeland Concerto is a Big Hit

This past weekend, the San Antonio Symphony performed Stewart Copeland’s concerto “Gamelan D’Drum.” It was the highlight of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and featured nearly 80 percussion instruments.

A big moment in the final movement came when three D’Drum players pounded poles into a hollowed-out log. The piece was filled with constant cross-currents of melody, rhythm and cadences in a kaleidoscope of textures and colors unique to the composition… The wordless choral passages were delivered by the well-prepared 52-member Trinity University Chamber Singers. The orchestra woodwinds had a good night, especially flutist Martha Long in a famous solo passage.

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