Space City Performing Arts
Guest Artist- Wing In Crystal Chu, solo percussion
Guest Composer- Marcus K. Maroney
Marcus Karl Maroney studied composition and horn at The University of Texas at Austin (B.M.) and Yale School of Music (M.M., D.M.A.). His principal composition teachers were Joseph Schwantner, Ned Rorem, Joan Tower, and Dan Welcher. In 1999, he received a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center, the First Hearing award from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and an ASCAP/ Morton Gould Young Composer’s award. Other awards and fellowships followed, including: a Charles Ives Scholarship from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Music 2000 Prize from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, further awards from ASCAP, two residencies at the Copland House, and consecutive Woods Chandler Memorial awards from Yale University.
Commissions have come from such organizations and individuals as eighth blackbird, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Timothy McAllister, the Moores School Percussion Ensemble, the Texas Music Festival, the Deer Valley Music Festival, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. His works have been recorded on the Albany, Centaur and Blue Griffin labels, and are published by TrevCo, SecondaPrattica and Ever-Fixed Music.
Mr. Maroney served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music from 2002-2004. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. His academic pursuits include research on the music and life of Swiss composer Frank Martin, for which he was awarded a grant from the University of Houston for residency at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel. Mr. Maroney is on the Artistic Board of Musiqa, Houston's composer-led new music presenting group
Wing In Crystal Chu is a D.M.A. student in Percussion Performance with a secondary area in Wind Conducting at the University of Oregon, where she holds a Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2013-2016). Her teachers are Pius Cheung and Rodney Dorsey. During her study at the U of O, she has been an active performer and percussion ensemble coach (Assistant director of the UO Percussion ensemble) in the community. In collaboration with the UO student composers, Crystal was granted a scholarship to perform at the Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposium in 2016. In her recent DMA recital in 2017, Crystal commissioned and premiered a solo marimba work, Crown of Phtheírein (2017) by Australian composer Evan Lawson, as well as a Pacific Northwest premiere of a marimba and computer work, Getting Hammered (2010) by Bik Kam Lee.
As a marimba soloist, Crystal has played in masterclasses held by Eriko Daimo, Don Liuzzi, Mark Ford, Katarzyna Mycka and Ji Hye Jung, Mario Boivin, and Emmanuel Séjourné. In November 2017, Crystal is going to premiere a new work, Fantasy Concerto for marimba and chamber ensemble, by Samuel Kalcheim. In 2014, she performed Pius Cheung’s Princess Chang Ping at the Northwest Percussion Festival. In 2012, Crystal performed the Wave by Keiko Abe as a soloist at the Day of Percussion at Purchase College. As a new music enthusiast, Crystal is going to join the PNW new music group, The Sound of Late, for their Fall 2017 concert, performing works by Sarah Kirkland Snyder and Anna Clyne. In 2016, Crystal participated at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at NEC in Boston, performed Reich’s Quartet and Globokar’s Kvadrat. In summers 2014 & 2015, Crystal participated at the soundSCAPE New Music Festival as a performer and conductor, and as part of the performing duo EDGES, with trumpeter Steve Sharp. In 2016, Crystal gave her debut conducting recital at the U of O in fulfillment of her secondary area, her program included an interdisciplinary collaboration with visual artist Alysse Hennessey of a live painting score.
Crystal has earned her M.M. from NYU, B.M. from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and has done the exchange program at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Her teachers include Robert Van Sice, Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar, David Skidmore, Jonathan Fox.
Formed by three brothers, 3G Percussion is a percussion group consisting of classically-trained percussionists and members Jacob Gutierrez, Sarek Gutierrez, and Zach Gutierrez.
The group's performances range from small, intimate chamber music concerts with bells, wood blocks, glass bottles, tin cans to large-scale collaborations with multi-media, drums, large keyboard instruments, electronics, and everything in between. An audience can expect to be inspired by the unique soundscapes and genuine music created by the ensemble.
In 2017, 3G Percussion worked in collaboration with San Antonio-based artist JNZ to present a program for Space City Performing Arts' season, Modern Voices. This led to the creation of a new composition titled Box Trap, which was premiered at the Rec Room in Houston, TX. 3G Percussion has also collaborated with Transitory Sound and Movement Collective to present an hour-long performance titled Freaks, Geeks, Beats, and Feet’s or Feats which consisted of sound and multi-media artist Lynn Lane, 3G Percussion, Dallas dance artist Danielle Georgiou, and New York City film artist Ron Kiley.
Recently, 3G Percussion has performed internationally in Canadian cities such as Toronto and London and has been featured on the Houston Public Media Radio Station, the San Antonio Current, and "Live & Local" on KRTU 91.7FM.
Guest Chamber Ensemble - 3G Percussion
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