Percussionist Evelyn Glennie Appears at Center for the Arts

Posted: March 2, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Considered a pioneer in classical music, Evelyn Glennie, the first person to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, brings her high energy performance style to the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, is held at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Glennie, who gives more than 100 performances a year with the world’s finest orchestras and conductors in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, has the unique ability to combine her musical and technical abilities with a profound appreciation of the visual elements of percussion. The Center for the Arts performance contains some of the many works that Glennie has commissioned from composers around the world, including American composer Stewart Wallace’s piece, “The Cheese and the Worms,” inspired by a children’s book; jazz composer Dave Heath’s “Darkness to Light;” and a composition by one of the world’s most influential composers for the marimba, Keiko Abe.

Glennie’s recording career includes 17 discs, which encompass many different genres and include a wide variety of artists. Her first CD, a recording of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, received a Grammy in 1988. Subsequent solo recordings have garnered two Grammy nominations–Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra and “Reflected in Brass: Evelyn Glennie Meets the Black Dyke Band.” She received her second Grammy Award in 2002 for a collaboration with Bela Fleck.

The artist was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, where she studied timpani and percussion from the age of 12. At the Royal Academy of Music in London she won many prizes, including the Queen’s Commendation Prize for all-around excellence. In 1990, she was named “Scot’s Woman of the Decade,” and in 1993, at the age of 27, she was awarded the Officer of the British Empire.

Tickets are $35, $27, and $17.50; children 12 and under are admitted for half price. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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