Salty Thursday Featured Performers
Hello Salty Crickets!!!!!
Join us this Thursday at 7:30pm, March 16th, at the Urban Arts Gallery of the Gate way mall. Come hear Utah composers put their hand to the percussion trio featuring Eric Hopkins of the Utah Symphony. You might be surprised what percussionists can do besides beat a drum!
This concert also features Artist in Resident Noriko Kishi performing Salty Crickets audience favorite solo cello commissions.
Click on the link for tickets, times and directions. - "The Triumverate"
Eric Hopkins plays the dual role of percussionist and associate principal timpanist in the symphony. His passion lies in both roles equally. For Eric, percussion is about negotiating the wide array of acoustic possibility, overcoming and embracing the challenges of each unique instrument. On timpani, the large copper kettle drums, Eric strives to maximize the sound color palette to vivify the emotional content of the music.
For both crafts, Eric finds himself pleasantly busy collecting and experimenting with instruments, sticks, and mallets. Some of these implements make it on stage at Abravanel Hall. A few of his timpani sticks started as wild bamboo from his mother's back yard in Florida, with a toy car wheel attached at the top, covered with a layer of green felt from a billiard supplier sewed on using dental floss and a needle. Eric is constantly on the lookout for new percussion gear and admits to compulsively buying old tambourines and triangles on Ebay.
Noriko Kishi holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and a M.M. from the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers were Irene Sharp, Robert Sylvester and Bernard Greenhouse. She was Principal cellist of the New World Symphony from 1991-1994 and a member of the Sacramento Symphony from 1994-96. Ms. Kishi has appeared as soloist with the New World Symphony, Michael Tilson-Thomas conducting, and with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra. She has worked with distinguished conductors, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti and Seiji Ozawa, and participated in masterclasses and coachings with members of the Guarneri Quartet, the Cleveland Quartet and Yo-Yo Ma. Ms. Kishi can be heard on recordings with Stratos Chamber Orchestra, the New World and Utah Symphonies and the NOVA Chamber Players. She was a Fellow at Tanglewood and participated in the Aspen, Spoleto (USA, Italy), Colorado and Moab Music Festivals. A native of San Francisco, Noriko taught at the San Francisco School of the Arts, the San Francisco Community Music Center, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Preparatory Department, and has served as guest faculty at BYU. In Salt Lake City she is a frequent guest on the NOVA Chamber Music Series and has performed regularly with the Utah Symphony and the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble. In 2016, she will be the artist in residence for the Salty Cricket Composers Collective.