Marimba concert series opens Friday

As part of a marimba professional development conference for aspiring artists convening on campus June 22-28, several evening performances by professional performers are open to the public. The Heartland Marimba Festival and Academy is directed and hosted by music faculty member and marimba virtuoso Matthew Coley.

Coley said his goal is "an educational, world-class experience for the participants," as well as advocacy and promotion of the marimba as something more than what's commonly perceived as just a "really big xylophone." He said it's critical that artists understand the importance of a connection with their community.

Other Iowa cities hosting performances June 13-20 prior to the academy's arrival on campus are Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City and Waterloo.

Marimba Festival performances in Ames

$15 suggested donation for each performance, unless noted otherwise

Friday, June 19
6-9 p.m., Wine tasting fundraiser and marimba exploration, Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave., $20 (must be 21 years or older)

Monday, June 22
7:30 p.m., Opening concert of the Heartland Marimba Academy, featuring Clocks in Motion and ISU music lecturer Matthew Coley, Tye Hall, Music

Wednesday, June 24
7:30 p.m., Concert, "Marimba in the Mix" featuring Clocks in Motion and other festival artists, Tye Hall, Music

Thursday, June 25
7 p.m., Festival ensembles join the Ames Municipal Band at its weekly concert, Bandshell Park, Sixth Street and Duff Avenue, free

Friday, June 26
7 p.m., Soloists concert, reception follows, First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Ave.

Saturday, June 27
2 p.m., Closing concert, featuring all performers and festival marimba orchestra, Tye Hall, Music