Saturday January 13, 2018
Thomas Burritt, Marimba and James Dick, Piano
with Students from the UT Butler School of Music
August to April Series
Festival Concert Hall
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Thomas Burritt, Marimba
Marimba at Its Finest!

Thomas Burritt will perform works for solo marimba. He will be joined by pianist James Dick, the Institute's Founder and Artistic Director, to perform a work for piano and marimba by Gillingham. Percussion students from the University of Texas Butler School of Music will join Burritt to perform Blue Flame Quintet for Marimba and Percussion.

Burritt is Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has served as percussion faculty at Round Top Festival Institute each summer since 2004.

Adult $25. Student $10. General seating. Concert tickets will be held at the will call table on the West side of the concert hall. Doors open 1 hour prior to the concert. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Gavotte 1 & 2: Suite for Solo Cello No. 5
in C Minor, BWV 1011 J. S. Bach (4:26)
performed by Thomas Burritt

Lunch will be available prior to the concert at 12:45 PM in the Menke House Dining Hall, by reservation only. Purchase meals here. The buffet-style pre-concert meal has become a favorite among concertgoers. Menu includes Old Fashioned Roast Beef with natural juices, Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Baked Green Beans with dill sauce, Salad Bar and Fresh Fruit Chantilly, Homemade Sweet Cheesy Yeast Rolls, Plantation Chocolate Cake, iced tea and coffee.

Overnight accommodations are available on campus for this concert weekend.

Office/Information/Room Reservations: 979-249-3129

Concert Hall Location: 248 Jaster Rd, Round Top, TX 78954      Google Map      #6 on Campus Map
Menke House Location: 141 Jaster Rd, Round Top, TX 78954      #16 on Campus Map


Thomas Burritt received degrees from Ithaca College School of Music (BM – Education and Performance), Kent State University (MM), and Northwestern University (DMA). Active in the creation and performance of new music for percussion, Burritt has built a reputation in chamber music as a percussion soloist and a concert marimbist. He has performed regularly at the Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Seminar and was a featured faculty performer at the 2007 and 2009 Zeltsman Marimba Festival. In April 2004 Burritt performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as member of the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble. Later the same year the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble released a CD on the Innova label featuring works by Steven Mackey, Zhou Long, Alvin Singleton, Alex Shapiro, Joseph Harchanko and Belinda Reynolds. As Percussion Soloist, Burritt has been active performing percussion concertos by Steve Mackey, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Dougherty, David Maslanka, John Mackey, and James MacMillan. Burritt has recorded for guitarist Eric Johnson and recording artist David Byrne. Burritt's first solo CD recording: "All Times Identical – New American Music for Marimba" was released in November 2006. His latest solo marimba recording "Groundlines" is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Rdio and Spotify. In 2009, Burritt was nominated for a Grammy for his performances on "Conspirare in Concert," distributed world-wide on the harmonia mundi label. In the spring of 2012, Burritt was cited as being one of "The most influential Music Professors on Twitter." He is currently Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is a clinician/endorser for Majestic and Mapex Concert Percussion, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, beetle percussion and Grover Pro Percussion.

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Dreamscapes (2001)
I: Black Stars, Bright Shadows
II: Voices
III: My House
IV: Birds
V. November Step
VI: Reunion
Thomas Burritt, marimba
Patrick Long
(b. 1968)
The Spirit and the Dust for marimba (2015)
I. “Death is a dialogue between the spirit and the dust” (Dickinson)

II. “Under this vast universe pain’s mill-wheel rotates” (Tagore)

III. “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come” (Shakespeare)

IV. “But this chain, though made of a breath, is hard to break.” (Gibran)
Thomas Burritt, marimba
Dinuk Wijeratne
(b. 1978)
Variations and Romp for marimba (2012)
Thomas Burritt, marimba
Dan Welcher
(b. 1948)

Elegy for marimba and piano from Concerto for Piano and Percussion Orchestra (2003)
Arr. Kazuomi Motoike
Thomas Burritt, marimba
James Dick, piano
David Gillingham
(b. 1947)
Children's Corner (1908) (Excerpts)
I. Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum
V. The Little Shepherd
VI. Golliwogg's Cakewalk
(Trans. L.H. Stevens)
Thomas Burritt, marimba
Claude Debussy
The Blue Flame Quintet for marimba and 4 percussion (2015))
Thomas Burritt, marimba
Oliver DeLotto, percussion
Nicole Robbins, percussion
Jordan Walsh, percussion
Cindy Willis, percussion
Michael Burritt
(b. 1962)