DePauw Percussion Ensemble
Ming-Hui Kuo, director, with Seth Brawner, Abigail Foehrkolb, Ben Freeland, Mariah Taller, Zach Suchanek
Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m.
Green Center, 605 S. College Ave.

To celebrate this year’s ArtsFest theme, “Art and Origins,” the DePauw Percussion Ensemble will explore one of John Cage’s inventions: the “prepared” piano. Instead of playing only the keyboard in Cages’ Second Construction, the performer also scrapes the strings, which are “prepared” by placing objects such as nuts, bolts and cardboard on or between the piano strings to create new percussive sounds. Saturday’s program also includes Mallet Quartet by another remarkable composer, Steve Reich, “the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker), and one of the originators of the repetitive music that emerged in New York City in the mid-1960s, later known as “minimalism.”

All are welcome to attend this free ArtsFest event in Kresge Auditorium. No tickets needed.