2017 Concerts


- Join us for phenomenal solo and chamber music performances centered on the marimba as well as the vibraphone and other percussion instruments. Musical styles will span classical, recent compositions, jazz, folk and pop.

erformers include ZMF 2017's Faculty, Showcase Artists & guest performers

All evening concerts
will take place at Nicholas Auditorium (pictured R)

Nicholas Music Center - Rutgers University 85 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

- Afternoon concert (July 15) at Shindell Choral Hall (in adjacent Mortensen Hall).

- Evening concerts: $15.00/general admission; $10.00 students and seniors. Afternoon concert (July 15): $5.00/all
- Advance sales by credit card here. (Will reopen in May 2017.)
- Cash & credit cards accepted at each event. Sales begin 45' prior to event.

Parking for each concert is in designated lots on campus. See Details for further information. (Will be available in June 2017.)

About the Marimba


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Sunday, JULY 2 - 7:30 PM
Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - 6:45 pm - hosted by Nancy Zeltsman

Opening night of the ZMF 2017 Concert Series will feature two well-known mallet artists based in New York City playing with small groups.

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Ian Rosenbaum, Showcase Artist
Curtis Stewart, violin
Jannina Norpoth, violin
Nick Revel, viola
Amanda Gookin, cello

LIgNEouS Suite by Andy Akiho

Christos Rafalides Trio
Mike Pope, bass
Mauricio Zottarelli, drums

Greek vibraphonist Rafalides, American bassist Mike Pope, and Brazilian drummer Mauricio Zottarelli will perform songs from their 2016 album, Near & Dear: arrangements of classic compositions from the Great American Songbook along with orginal tunes. "The vibraphone trio has a unique sound, not as widely heard as piano or guitar trios." (CR)

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Wednesday, JULY 5 - 7:30 PM
Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - 6:45 pm - hosted by Mike Truesdell

Yaniv Yacoby, Showcase Artist
Chase Morrin, piano (pictured L)

Yacoby & Morin will perform their own Irish-influenced original duos compositions.

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With special guest:
Karl Paulnack, piano

Program TBA


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Friday, JULY 7 - 7:30 PM
This will be a four-part program beginning at 7:30 & ending by 11pm. We hope you will join us for a special journey (with many little breaks)!

Karl Paulnack - guest speaker: The Power of Music
Dr. Paulnack's thoughts on music have appeared in six languages, on over 100,000 websites, and in program books of orchestras and concert series around the world. In 2009, Linda Ronstadt quoted him during her testimony to the U.S. Congress on behalf of funding for the arts.

Mike Truesdell
Rutgers' own faculty member Mike Truesdell will perform his program Reflections--pieces that explore the process and product of inspiration--including music of Molly Joyce, Theodore Wiprud, Stuart Saunders Smith, Kevin Puts, and more.

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Nanae Mimura
Japanese marimba artist Nanae Mimura's solo program will feature compositions recorded on her latest CD on Octavio Records: Marimba Crystal--Prayer including works by Ignatowicz, J.S. Bach and others.

Canto Ostinati - Simeon ten Holt
This Dutch minimalist work (for open instrumentation) is a huge favorite of classical/contemporary audiences in the Netherlands. We are excited to introduce it in the U.S.!

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Saturday, JULY 8 - 7:30 PM
Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - 6:45 pm - hosted by Jack Van Geem

ZMF Ensembles

ZMF 2017 participants will perform mallet ensemble works coached by faculty including two quintets (one original, and one Latin arrangement) by Christos Rafalides. Other works TBA.

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with special guests TBA

Program TBA


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Monday, JULY 10 - 7:30 PM
Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - 6:45 pm - hosted by Mike Truesdell


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Nancy Zeltsman

Program TBA will include solos and duos.


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Wednesday, JULY 12 - 7:30 PM
Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - 6:45 pm - hosted by Jack Van Geem

Mark Haygood, Showcase Artist

"Theater percussion" has seen a rise in recent years as a fascinating vehicle for musical expression. A shy person by nature, Haygood nevertheless possesses a compelling presence and special gift in this arena. His program for ZMF will include works by Stuart Saunders Smith, Mark Applebaum, Casey Cangelosi, and James Rolfe.

Haygood is a graduate of San Jose State University (BM) and The Boston Conservatory (MM'16).

Sven Hoscheit, Showcase Artist

Luxembourgish percussionist Sven Hoscheit won the Press Prize and 3rd Prize at the 2016 Tromp International Percussion Competition. Hoscheit is currently a masters student at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and a freelance percussionist in Holland and Luxembourg.

His special program for ZMF will feature some of the works performed during the competition as well as new additions to his repertoire.

Friday, JULY 14 - 7:30 PM
Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - 6:45 pm - hosted by Nancy Zeltsman

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ZMF Ensembles

The evening will open with ZMF 2017 participants performing ensemble works coached by faculty including
Woodcuts (After Satie) composed by Zeltsman, and other works TBA.

I.N.K. Experiment Duo: Ivana Kuljeric Bilic & Nikola Krbanyevitch, percussion

The second half of the evening will feature the I.N.K. Experiment: a percussion duo project born from the idea of multicultural interaction and artistic freedom. Inspired by their roots (Serbian-Croatian-French), Ivana Kuljeric Bilic and Nikola Krbanyevitch aim to express themselves through improvisation and reinterpretation of pieces ranging from folk and classical to contemporary experimental music. 

Saturday, JULY 15 - 1:00-5:00 PM

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ZMF Participants Marathon Concert
Shindell Choral Hall

ZMF 2017 will wrap up with a celebration of the fabulous musicians who have studied in the program over the past two weeks. More than 40 young solo and chamber musicians from across the U.S. and around the world will perform.

Program TBA


All programs may be subject to change.

Jack Van Geem & Nancy Zeltsman photos: Claudia Hansen
Mark Haygood photo: Una Cheng

© Zeltsman Marimba Festival 2017