Along with Abby Foehrkolb, Ming-Hui Kuo and Ben Hogan, drumming group DePauw will perform at this week’s edition of the Greencastle Summer Music Festival, which takes place at 7.30pm on Wednesday at Gobin Church.
The Greencastle Summer Music Festival continues its 18th season of concerts on Wednesdays at 7.30pm this week in the air-conditioned comfort of Gobin Church with the DePauw drumming group.
A project established by Ming-Hui Kuo and Ben Hogan, the group consists of DePauw faculty, staff, and alumni.
“Our colorful variety of instruments will take you on a far-reaching musical journey that includes classic and powerful percussion, the rich sounds of the marimba, the bright and colorful vibraphone and the complex ethnic rhythms of hand percussion instruments,” explained co-founder Kuo. .
Wednesday’s concert will feature music by Emmanuel Séjourne, James Campbell, Casey Cangelosi, Christopher Deane and many more, including a piece composed by ensemble member Hogan.
There is no admission fee for GSMF concerts, which are funded by voluntary offerings, individual and corporate donations, a grant from the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau, a endowment from the Putnam County Community Foundation and the Inn in DePauw, host for artists from outside the festival.
Dr. Ming-Hui Kuo is an adjunct assistant professor and percussion ensemble director at DePauw University. She was a trainee member of the Ju Percussion Group from 1993 to 2002.
During her time with JPG, she performed in more than 500 concerts and 100 music-related activities, including the annual seasonal concerts at Taiwan National Concert Hall, Taipei International Percussion Convention in 2002 and 2005. Her international performance with JPG includes the China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Spain, Hungary, Australia, Canada and USA.
Kuo received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Kentucky and is a proud supporter of YAMAHA, Innovative Percussion, Remo Inc. and Zildjian Cymbals.
Abigail Foehrkolb grew up in St. Louis, where she began studying percussion at age 12. She studied with Dr. Martin Weir, Erin Elstner and Dr. Ming-Hui Kuo at DePauw University. This fall, Foehrkolb will continue her studies at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory where she will pursue her Masters in Music and teach classes as a percussion teaching assistant.
In DePauw, Foehrkolb was a member of the DePauw University Band, Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. She also co-founded and chaired DePauw’s Contemporary Ensemble, and was the winner of the 2019 DePauw Concerto Competition. Foehrkolb has also participated in PASIC’s All-Star Intercollegiate Percussion Ensemble, Yarn/Wire’s Summer Institute, IMEA, Percussion Group DePauw, DePauw Chamber Symphony’s Japan Tour and performed in masterclasses with She-e Wu, Tim Palmer, Tom Sherwood, Ross Karre and Marc Damoulakis among others.
Foehrkolb was also the 2021 recipient of the Van Denman Thompson Award as well as an inductee of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda.
Ben Hogan is an in-demand drummer and percussionist in western Indiana with an interest in jazz, pop music, Brazilian music, and integrating electronics into live performance. While completing his Masters in Music Performance at the University of Louisville, he had the opportunity to spend six months in Brazil on a scholarship to study Brazilian music.
The GSMF continues next week on June 22 with Duo Cantabile from North Dakota, cellist Simona Barbu and her husband pianist Nariaki Sugiura. The Vivaldi Project, a string trio focusing on works from the classical era, including former Greencastle resident Allison Edberg Nyquist, will be the featured artist on Wednesday, June 29. The full summer schedule is available at greencastlemusic.org.