Eric Feuerborn

Zimbalista! Sweeps Into Chickasha March 23

Friday, March 5, 2010

Exhibiting preternatural musical skills since he was a child, percussionist Chen Zimbalista has been called a force of nature. This natural force sweeps into Chickasha March 23 at the University of Science and Arts.

Zimbalista! is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on the USAO campus. It is the fourth and final performance of the ninth season of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at USAO. Tickets are available at the USAO Business Office, 1727 W. Alabama, or by calling 405-574-1213.

The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the USAO Foundation and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

This Israeli-born performer has mastered more than 40 exotic instruments from dozens of countries and has proven himself equally adept at performing complex Classical compositions; as he is at home with World music and jazz.

"On stage, Zimbalista is an explosive, riveting presence. His energetic shows are a visceral experience that must be seen, not only heard. His disarming stage manner and raw physicality manage to engage even the most reserved audiences to become active participants in the event. He's an international 'best kept secret' -- about to electrify America," said Dr. Ken Bohannon, coordinator of the Davis-Waldorf Series and associate professor of music at USAO.

Touring the United States as a headliner and as a guest of the Chamber Ensemble Concertante, Zimbalista remains relatively unknown in America. The Los Angeles Times took note of his show with the LA Jewish Symphony.

"Zimbalista is a young, muscular, intense dynamo with charisma to burn and a precise technique that knows no stylistic bounds. He's also a showman who knows how to make an entrance.

"He reeled off an extraordinary solo, one with kinetic impact, a sense of direction and melodic logic – and it swung like mad. Why can't all drum solos be like this?"

Tickets for the performance are $10 for the general public, $8 for seniors 60 and above, $3 for high school students and children under 18, $5 for USAO staff or faculty and $2 for USAO students.