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Garry Kvistad joined the internationally-acclaimed percussion ensemble NEXUS in the Fall of 2002 when John Wyre, one of the group's original members, retired. He has been performing and recording with NEXUS co-founders Bob Becker and Russell Hartenberger since joining Steve Reich & Musicians in 1980. Garry is one of 18 musicians to win a Grammy award for the 1998 recording of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians.

Upcoming Performances

John Cage performance at Bard CollegeThe Ten Thousand Things - part of the John Cage Weekend
Saturday, September 20th - Preconcert talk at 7pm, Performance at 8pm

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Two (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

John Cage Weekend - A weekend of performances exploring the formidable legacy of an American maverick sponsored by the John Cage Trust, the Fisher Center and The Bard College Conservatory of Music.

The Ten Thousand Things is a title given by musicologist James Pritchett to a grand project initiated by John Cage in 1953 involving the composition of independent pieces for various media, each bearing a number title, each capable of being played alone or together with any of the others. Such an open work could be added to constantly, and Cage's composition remains perpetually "in progress". This performance brings together five of these pieces, psanning 1953 to 1956, into a chance-determined musical collage:

  • 59 1/2" for a String Player (1953)
  • 45' for Speaker (1954)
  • 31" 57.9864" for a Pianist (1954)
  • 26' 1.1499" for a String Player (1955)
  • 27' 10.544 for a Percussionist (1956)
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Alan Abel, former Associate Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra The Alan Abel 85th Birthday Concert
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3pm
The Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA)

Alan Abel, former Associate Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, retired in 1997 after 38 years of service. He continues to perform as a substitute or as an extra percussionist.

The Alan Abel 85th Birthday Concert will feature NEXUS Percussion Ensemble and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra: Don Liuzzi, Angela Zator Nelson, Anthony Orlando and Christopher Daviney on percussion, Hirono Oka and Lisa-Beth Lambert on violin, Che-Hung Chen on viola and Yumi Kendall on cello.

They will be performing:

  • Grand Duo - Maurice Wright
  • Water Lilies - Bob Becker (World Premier)
  • Scherzo - Nick Rissman
  • Cadence - Russell Hartenberger
  • Prelude No. 1: Praise the Voice - Bob Becker
  • Mudra - Bob Becker
  • Octet - Maurice Wright.

This concert is part of the Sunday Series, Musical Fund Society Series, Philadelphia Connections Series and Irvin Borowsky & Laurie Wagman Century Series.

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Garry Kvistad Founder and Owner of Woodstock Chimes

Meet the Chimemaker: Garry Kvistad

Founder and Owner of Woodstock Chimes
Garry Kvistad earned a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music from Northern Illinois University, where he studied music, art and physics in the pursuit of building musical instruments.

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