Memphis Symphony Orchestra: Percussion Explosion

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

Event Schedule 

Jan 13, 2018: 7:30pm

Masterworks Series

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10
DEMARS "SABAR" Concerto for African Drums

Robert Moody, principal conductor

Sonja Branch, Dame Gueye, Pape Diouf, Abdou Mbaye, drummers

Watoto Memphis Performing Arts Academy, dance ensemble

A perfect fusion of West African drumming sounds with classical music accompanying the inspiring dancers from the Watoto Memphis Performing Arts Academy, Dance Ensemble. Don't miss this high energy, exhilarating show that celebrates a rich African cultural heritage. This unique music experience you can only catch with the Memphis Symphony opens with Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 which he wrote as a musical protest against the oppression of the Soviet Union under Stalin.The second half is all African drums and dance with the Symphony Orchestra playing James Demars' SABAR Concert for African Drum with four of the best African drummers in the world! The African drummers are in demand internationally for their off the chain sounds and rhythms that go back generations. 

"The SABAR Concerto is one of the most exciting live music experiences I've ever been part of," said Maestro, Robert Moody. "To see and hear these amazing African drums, African dance paired with a 70+ piece symphony orchestra is a not-to-miss experience!" 

With Performances by: 

Senegalese Drummers

Sonja Branch

Medoune Yacine Gueye 

Dethie Sarr Diouf

Abdou M'Baye

Music Director, Robert Moody with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Watoto Memphis Performing Arts Academy Dance Ensemble

Tickets start at only $15! Get them today before they're gone! Groups welcome.

Call 901-537-2525