Explore the science behind sound at final festival

Third Coast Percussion and Douglas Ewart are featured artists for June 18 Family Saturday Festival at the Logan Center

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THESE CHILDREN ARE PERFORMING on percussion instruments after learning various musical skills from celebrated musicians and student artists of various disciplines.

Two of the most innovative and imaginative performances to date will be the highlight of the final Family Saturday Festival of the season at the Logan Center for the Arts. Themed “Science and Sound,” the featured artists — internationally renowned Third Coast Percussion presenting WAVES and celebrated multi-disciplinary artist Douglas Ewart — will explore the science behind sound. The festival takes place Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street from 12-4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; $20 for groups of 5 or more. Tickets may be purchased at tickets.uchicago.edu or by calling 773-702-ARTS. Walk-ups are welcome, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged as capacity is limited.

Hailed by The New Yorker as “vibrant” and “superb,” Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering exciting performances for audiences of all kinds. The group performs on a wide range of percussive instruments from bells to marimbas. They will explore the scientific and musical properties of sound waves through an interactive performance workshop and presentation. The audience will have the opportunity to interact with instruments and oscilloscopes. Third Coast is known for ground-breaking collaborations across a wide range of disciplines, including concerts and residency projects with engineers, architects, astronomers and more.

FAMILY SATURDAY FESTIVALS at the Logan Center are a series of interactive workshops and performances. The final festival will feature WAVES presented by Third Coast Percussion and musician Douglas Ewart, which will explore the science behind sound on June 18.
FAMILY SATURDAY FESTIVALS at the Logan Center are a series of interactive workshops and performances. The final festival will feature WAVES presented by Third Coast Percussion and musician Douglas Ewart, which will explore the science behind sound on June 18.

Visionary artist Douglas R. Ewart is perhaps best known as a musician, composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments. A multi-disciplinary artist who encourages artist-audience interactions, he is the leader of several musical ensembles. Ewart’s music finds natural extensions in the instruments he makes, which run the gamut from unique wind instruments to percussion instruments. Beyond these are sculptures, sound sculptures, and individually handcrafted masks. Ewart has created new or revised musical forms such as his suite “Music from the Bamboo Forest,” which is in a state of constant evolution. Its score currently comprises six movements employing a cornucopia of flutes, reeds, percussion instruments–many of them handmade — and significant audience participation.

In addition to the featured performances, there will be hands-on arts & crafts workshops and other participatory activities throughout the center for ages 2-12. Ewart will present his Spinning Tops Workshop with dancing and roller skating. Interactive workshops will also be presented by Muntu Dance Theatre, Hyde Park School of Dance, Pat to the Beat and the Frankentoy Mobile.

PREVIOUS FESTIVALS INCLUDE innovative and imaginative performances of various arts including dance as demonstrated by this young participant.
PREVIOUS FESTIVALS INCLUDE innovative and imaginative performances of various arts including dance as demonstrated by this young participant.

Family Saturday Festivals present high-quality, affordable family-focused activities designed to entertain, inspire, and nurture artistic passions. The Logan Center also presents monthly free Family Saturdays.

Logan Center Family Saturdays and Family Saturday Festivals are made possible through the support of the Milken Institute, Michael and Patricia Klowden, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, and friends of the Logan Center, as well as partnerships with local and national arts organizations and performing artists.

About the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

The Logan Center is a multidisciplinary home for the arts at the University of Chicago. Logan Center public programs include events, exhibitions, and performances from world-class, emerging, local, and student artists. Visit logan.uchicago.edu to learn more.

 

 

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