April 21, 2000

Contact: Charla Jenkins, University Theatre, (785) 864-2684

Percussion concert to honor professor

LAWRENCE--The drums will be beating in Murphy Hall at the University of Kansas Monday, May 1, during a special concert in honor of George Boberg, KU professor of percussion, who is retiring from the university after 32 years.

More than 15 KU alumni percussionists will join with the current KU Percussion Ensemble for the concert at 7:30 p.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall. A highlight of the performance will be the debut of "Goodbye and Go Begin," a new percussion ensemble work by Steve Riley, Lawrence, written especially for the concert as a tribute to Boberg.

Riley, who completed the work earlier this spring, said alumni from across the country are returning to KU to perform in Boberg's honor. For some of the program, as many as 27 percussionists will share the stage.

A member of the KU music faculty since 1968, Boberg is a former acting director of bands and former conductor of the Lawrence Chamber Players. He originated and continues to conduct the KU Percussion Ensemble.

Boberg has a bachelor of music education degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.; a master of science in music education degree >from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and a master of music in percussion degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He formerly taught at the University of Illinois; Bemidji State College, Bemidji, Minn.; Manhattan School of Music; and Central High School in Valley Stream, N.Y. For 10 years he was a free-lance percussionist in the New York area and performed with the Manhattan Percussion Ensemble, Paul Price Percussion Quartet, Group for Contemporary Music, and the Seventh Army Band in Stuttgart, Germany.

The recital is free and open to the public.

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