Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (xylophone)
|Exercises for time and rhythm||00h:00m:52s|
|Exercises for accuracy||00h:02m:15s|
|Exercises for accents||00h:03m:39s|
|Deadstroke exercise to eliminate vertical motion||00h:05m:14s|
|Musical ideas - taps and accents and phrasing||00h:06m:09s|
Christopher McLaurin, Principal Percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony and faculty member at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri Kansas City, talks about different ways to practice the opening xylophone excerpt from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
PORGY AND BESS
Recorded Date: 01-05-2014
Christopher McLaurin is the Principal Percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony and a member of the percussion faculty at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Before being appointed to his positions in Kansas City, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. His solo engagements have included performing Olivier Messiaen's Des Canyons Aux Etoiles with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Russel Peck's The Glory and the Grandeur with the National Repertory Orchestra. Christopher has played extra percussion with the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Honolulu Symphony. He also can be heard on recordings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, and Kansas City Symphony. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he earned a Bachelors of Music Degree from San Jose State University where he studied with San Francisco Symphony percussionist and composer Anthony J. Cirone. After graduating he moved to New York City to earn a Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School where he studied with Metropolitan Opera Principal Percussionist Greg Zuber, and afterward studied at Cleveland State University where he worked with Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Timpanist, Tom Freer. During the summers, Christopher plays with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO, and in past summers was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Salzau, Germany, and the Round Top Music Festival. He is an endorser of Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl/Adams Percussion Instruments, and Freer Percussion Products.