Drumming workshop March 15 at CNY Arts Center

CNY Arts Center will host a drumming workshop with Diane Jones from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at the CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.

The is open to all ages and students are invited to bring any hand percussion instrument they have, along with a healthy dose of enthusiasm.

As part of the same collaboration, CNY Arts Center recently hosted choreographer Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell with a dance workshop for young area dancers as part of Vision of Sound produced by Society for New Music.

The organization promotes continued growth in the music community by commissioning new works. Vision of Sound brings composer and choreographer together to present a new work in music and dance performed for the public in late March.

“We are honored to host Diane Jones and to have had Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell share this wonderful opportunity with us,” said Nancy Fox, arts center executive director.

“The drumming workshop looks to be a lot of fun and a departure from our regular classes,” she said. “We hope everyone will seize the chance for an afternoon of drumming fun!”

Jones is a percussionist with SU Brazilian Ensemble Samba Laranja and loves writing for and collaborating with performers.

With commissions and performances by Mélomanie, The Relâche Ensemble, The Da Capo Chamber Players, and Flautet, her music reflects her rich, eclectic influences and her love of line and rhythm.  In 2011, her Choro Samba Laranja was included on the SAMMY award-winning CD, Native Orange.

Jones was the live weekend host on WCNY-FM, Central New York’s Classical Radio Station and is past president of the Society for New Music.

She has had her music featured on Fresh Ink, the weekly new music broadcast produced by the Society.

A recipient of the Billy Joel Fellowship, a fellowship with the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and awarded the prestigious Grace F. and Theodore Berger Award from the University of Delaware, Jones is also a member of  Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honor society.

Active as a performer as well as a composer, Jones regularly performs with Samba Laranja and the Central New York Flute Choir.  She has played flute and piccolo in regional orchestras, and was one half of the flute duo, Flutes of Fancy.

Jones also has also studied with outstanding composers Daniel S. Godfrey, Nicolas Scherzinger, and Jennifer Margaret Barker. To learn more about Diane visit www.petdragonmusic.com.

The workshop will be held at the Arts Center located in State St. Methodist Church at 357 State St., through the Park Street entrance.

A modest fee will be charged and pre-registration is encouraged. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

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