Heartland Marimba Quartet coming to Dallas-area

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What: Heartland Marimba Quartet Concert

When: December 31, 2016

Time: 6:00pm

Where: Liberty High School Auditorium/Band Room
15250 Rolater Road, Frisco, TX

Who: The Heartland Marimba Quartet, a part of the Heartland Marimba Festival, is Matthew
Coley, Michael J. Jones, Joe Millea, and Andrew Veit.

How much: $15 suggested donation at door

Websites/Online presence:

Contact: heartlandmarimbafest@gmail.com and 847-867-1467




The Heartland Marimba Quartet, a subsidiary of the Heartland Marimba Festival organization, officially launches in 2017. As a sneak peek to what is to come, they are offering a premier concert in Frisco, Texas on Saturday, December 31. HMQ will be in the Dallas area prepping their music for the coming season December 27 until January 2. The ensemble will tour the nation regularly in the spring and fall and will be in residence as the artist faculty each summer at the Heartland Marimba Festival Academy at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

The performers of this sui generis troupe come from four states; IA, IL, TX, and AZ, and are accomplished and award-winning solo players in the percussion field. Matthew Coley, HMF director, has formed this group in order to provide a strong presence and public image year-round for the Heartland Marimba Festival, but also to continue to forge a path of gainful opportunities for professional marimba players. HMQ will be the premier professional marimba quartet of the Americas, and seeks to inspire the next generation of marimba performers at the same time as being passionate about advancing the art form of modern classical marimba within many communities around the nation. There are several well-established professional percussion quartets and many marimba quartets are formed within percussion programs of university music departments, but there is yet to be an ensemble of dedicated professionals formed to solely focus on the wealth of great modern music written for four marimbas. Additionally, HMQ will concentrate all of their efforts on American composers. The composers included in their program for the 2017 season include Michael Burritt, Gordon Stout, Alex Orfaly, Neil Thornock, Sabrina Pena-Young, Scott Blasco, Matthew Coley, Steven Simpson, and Kevin Romanski.

In addition to their concert on December 31 in Frisco, TX, HMQ will perform four concerts and three master classes on tour in Iowa and Minnesota,March 8-13, 2017. As mentioned, they will be performing and teaching at the HMF Academy in Stevens Point, WI, July 9-16, 2017, and again on tour throughout Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota October 29 to November 7, 2017.

Matthew Coley has performed concerts and taught master classes in over 30 US states and 10 countries. He established the Heartland Marimba Festival in 2014 to build an organization devoted to the art of contemporary classical marimba and to providing more opportunities for students, artists, composers, and communities. Matthew’s performing has been described with phrases like “off-the-charts” (John Cook, Westminster Presbyterian Fine Arts Series, Des Moines, IA) and “delivering virtuoso…exquisite performances on marimba” (Lauren Warnecke, See Chicago Dance online). He has four critically acclaimed solo albums to his name and has appeared on several other released compact discs as a performer and composer with artists and ensembles such as cellist Barbara Haffner, marimbist Mark Ford, the Iowa/Hungary Percussion Project, and the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble. HMF is on track to be a widespread, nonprofit organization with many subsidiaries: touring ensembles (Heartland Marimba Quartet and Collective), Academy, Publications, SoundW.A.Y.S. (a music workshop for youth ages 4-13 and community adults), and community outreach. Visit www.hearMatthewColey.com and www.HeartlandMarimbaFestival.com.

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