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Grants awarded for Marimba Quartet residency

Minot Public Schools, Minot Symphony Association and Minot State University Division of Music have received grants from three arts organizations in support of an April 23-25 residency at Minot State University of Heartland Marimba Quartet. The arts organizations that provided the grants are North Dakota Council on the Arts, Arts Midwest and Percussive Arts Society.

The Heartland Marimba Quartet (HMQ) is based out of Waterloo, Iowa, formed in 2016 by founder Matthew Coley. The other group members are Michael J. Jones, Joe Millea and Ujjal Bhattacharyya.

They will be doing a workshop at MSU for middle and high school percussion students, do a free public recital and also a concerto performance with the Minot Symphony Orchestra. The workshop and recital on April 24 will be a part of the official 2020 Percussive Arts Society ND Day of Percussion. On April 25, the Minot Symphony Orchestra will be playing with HMQ to perform “Marahuaka,” a marimba concerto by maestro Efrain Amaya, and “Journey for Marimba” by Coley.

For a complete schedule of residency events, contact minotsymphony@minotstateu.edu.

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