Free percussion workshop offered to youth

Free percussion workshop offered to youth
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Bronkar Lee and Aaron Williams are multiple world-record holders who have been featured on television programs such as "The Tonight Show" and "America's Got Talent."

                        

The Performing Arts Center will offer a free percussion workshop to area youth with Collision of Rhythm prior to the group’s performance on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Collision of Rhythm is what you get when you combine a tap-dancing percussion virtuoso with a beatbox juggling motivational speaker.

Bronkar Lee and Aaron Williams are multiple world-record holders who have worked with companies like GoPro, Coca Cola and Google and have been featured on television programs such as “The Tonight Show” and “America’s Got Talent.”

Collision of Rhythm has been described as Stomp meets Blue Man Group meets Cirque du Soleil.

Collision of Rhythm will hold a workshop for area percussionists between the age of 12 and 24 in the afternoon on Saturday, March 16. “I’m always looking for ways to connect our local community with the professional artists we bring to the area,” said David Mitchell, general manager of the Performing Arts Center. “We have the unique opportunity for local percussionists to participate in what literally could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Workshop participants will learn to use their body as an instrument and get in tune with their inner rhythm while building self-confidence, awareness and coordination. Participants will make music together as a group using a combination of body percussion and their voices. Everyone will learn to express themselves musically in a supportive atmosphere.

Workshop participants also will receive a free ticket to the evening performance and have the chance to participate in the show on the Performing Arts Center stage.

“I encourage everyone to come to the Saturday evening show on March 16 at the Performing Arts Center,” Mitchell said. “Anytime we have community members and students perform with professional artists, it’s a magical experience for everyone in attendance.”

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group.

Additional support for the educational workshop was received from the Tuscarawas County Community Foundation and the Dover Exchange Club.

Space is limited, and advanced registration is required for the workshop and can be done online at www.kent.edu/tusc/collision-rhythm or by calling the box office at 330-308-6400.

Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center box office or online at www.kent.edu/tusc/pac. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free parking is available for all shows. Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Drive NE in New Philadelphia.


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