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Widener to Host Free Recital Series Beginning Oct. 23


The Philadelphia Orchestra Percussion Group

On Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m., Widener University will host the first of three concerts as part of the Widener University Recital Series on its Main Campus in Chester, Pa. Admission to the concert series is free and open to the public.

The first set of performers is The Philadelphia Orchestra Percussion Group. POPG’s Oct. 23 performance takes place in Widener’s Kapelski Recital Hall, located on the corner of E. 14th and Walnut streets.

The program will feature four pieces from their CD, Zones, including works by Boston Symphony famed percussionist, Tom Gauger; six-time Tony Award recipient, Rolando Morales-Matos; and Grammy-award winner and composer of the album’s featured work Zones, Jennifer Higdon. In addition, POPG will perform a piece written by member Don Luizzi.

The performance involves an array of musical styles ranging from “classical” orchestra to a Saturday night bongo jam in San Juan with percussion instruments including marimbas, chimes, tom-toms, Korean drums, bongos and more.

Other upcoming performances in the Recital Series include the Relâche Ensemble on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, and a jazz performance by Widener University Artist in Residence John Vanore, along with his musical group, Abstract Truth, on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Both of these performances also take place at 3 p.m. in the Kapelski Recital Hall.

For more information on the Widener University Recital Series, contact Michaela Tauscher at 610-499-4339. Tickets are not required.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses are in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Visit the university website,