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Howard Hersh’s latest work premieres Sunday

Nevada City composer Howard Hersh’s recently-completed marimba solo, “Run!” will be premiered by Daniel Kennedy on Sunday.

The composition is a solo work for five-octave marimba.

” ‘Run!’ is a high-octane, tour-de-force marimba solo composed for Daniel Kennedy. We agreed that it should be a relatively short work, and I took inspiration from the restriction, searching for a sense of compression in a nonstop canvas expressing many kinds of movement and moods,” Hersh said. “Dan is like modern man, running – on a moving sidewalk – while bits of life, from romance to anger, flash by him.”



The two musicians have worked together on many performances, both in Nevada County and the Sacramento area, for the last 10 years.

Kennedy is a California State University percussion instructor and Festival of New Music director in Sacramento.




“I love playing ‘Run.’ It’s got a lot of energy which I can draw from when I perform it. It’s very challenging, technically demanding, quite a showcase piece for the marimba,” Kennedy said. “At times it’s very grounded and dynamic, other times very flighty and playful. There’s a lot of contrast.”

Sunday’s 8 p.m. performance will be during the Millennium Concert Series at California State University at Sacramento’s Music Recital Hall on 6000 J St. in Sacramento.

“Run” will also be performed at 8 p.m. May 2 during the Music Now Concert at the same venue.

For ticket information for either performance, call (916) 278-4323.

“For a number of years, we wanted to collaborate on a new solo. We were given the opportunity to do so when we received a grant from the Bay Area Chapter of the American Composers Forum,” Hersh said. “Our ‘Crossgenerational Composition Project’ has two components: my new marimba solo, “Run!” and a residency at the Nevada City School of the Arts, where we will create a percussion and composition group.”

The work will also be heard at a Nevada County Composers Cooperatives’ festival this summer.


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