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'Strike' on tour this week

Contributed by Jenny Stockdale on 01/15/13 

Strike, the piano-percussion duo comprised of pianist Jeffery Meyer and percussionist Paul Vaillancourt, is on tour this week, performing at three college campuses in as many states.

Meyer, the Director of Orchestras at Ithaca College’s School of Music, and Vaillancourt, Associate Professor of Percussion at Columbus State University, will be showcasing works from the ensemble’s 2010 recording, “Convergence,” by composers Chen Yi, Mark Mellits, Jim David and Brooke Joyce, with solo works by Eric Moe and Mario Davidovsky.

Representing a wide variety of current trends in contemporary music, the duo has toured since the mid 90s across the U.S., China, and Russia, with plans to perform in Thailand this spring.

Strike’s current tour schedule includes the following performances (click each link for more details):

· Monday, January 14, 2013 | Columbus University State University
· Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | University of South Carolina School of Music
· Thursday, January 17, 2013 | University of Alabama

In addition to being on faculty at Columbus State University, Vaillancourt is Principal Timpanist for the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He has been a featured soloist at the Banff Music Festival, the Aspen Summer Music Festival, with the National Arts Center Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the CSU Wind Ensemble, and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic.

Born in Chicago, Meyer began his musical studies as a pianist, and shortly thereafter continued on to study composition and conducting. In addition to his faculty position at Ithaca College School of Music, he is the Founder and Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia.  

More information on the recording “Convergence” can be found here and the CD can be purchased here

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