2015 Zeltsman Marimba Festival to feature 10 public concerts, June 28 through July 11

Zeltsman Marimba Festival 2015 at Rutgers University, co-sponsored by Mason Gross School of the Arts, is set for June 28 through July 11, 2015, in New Brunswick, NJ. The festival will feature a wide variety of concerts open to the public.
ZMF 2015 is the 13th edition of one of the world’s premier marimba events. The two-week festival (which changes location each year) has a two-fold mission: to educate marimba performers, and to share marimba music with the community.

Participants work closely with faculty in an intensive, fun, music-seminar environment centered on marimba performance. The world-class faculty, participants and guests are featured in a series of 10 concerts open to the public. The ZMF 2015 Concert Series presents music in diverse styles, and offers a chance to experience the versatility of the marimba and hear an impressive slate of performers. This summer marks ZMF's first visit to Rutgers.

ZMF 2015 will bring together more than 85 performers and composers—international virtuosi and up-and-coming artists—from 18 states as well as Mexico, Colombia, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.


Ten concerts featuring ZMF 2015’s global faculty and guest artists. All concerts will take place at the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, 85 George Street at Route 18, in New Brunswick, NJ. Admission: evening concerts, $15 adults, $10 students/seniors; afternoon concerts, $5 all. Advance sales and performer biographies at www.ZMF.us.

Mike Truesdell/Marimolin Reunion
Sunday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring percussion virtuoso and Rutgers faculty Truesdell, as well as Marimolin, the duo of marimbist Nancy Zeltsman and violinist Sharan Leventhal.
Schare Recital Hall, Marryott Music Building

Emmanuel Séjourné/Brandon Ilaw
Wednesday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.
ZMF 2015 Showcase Artist Brandon Ilaw was a 2014 prize-winner of the prestigious Tromp International Percussion Competition (the Netherlands). From Strasbourg, France, the celebrated percussionist/composer Emmanuel Séjourné will perform an eclectic and fun program on vibraphone and marimba including his compositions.
Rehearsal Hall 104, Nicholas Music Center

ZMF Weekend: Julie Spencer/“Island Music”
Friday, July 3, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty artist Julie Spencer will perform some of her best-loved, most soulful works. Michael Tilson Thomas’s percussion piece will feature the two soloists for whom the piece was composed: Jack Van Geem and Nancy Zeltsman.
Nicholas Auditorium, Nicholas Music Center

ZMF Weekend: Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble
Saturday, July 4, 2–2:50 p.m.
Directed by Peter Saleh, students in grades 9 through 12 bring the percussion section front and center.
Rehearsal Hall 104, Nicholas Music Center

ZMF Weekend: Nancy Zeltsman/various artists
Saturday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.
ZMF’s artistic director debuts her solo marimba program “Rendezvous” (and commemorates the 30th anniversary of Andrew Thomas’s landmark marimba solo, “Merlin”). The second half of the concert includes an array of pieces performed by ZMF faculty and other artists.
Rehearsal Hall 104, Nicholas Music Center
ZMF Weekend: Excelsis Percussion Quartet
Sunday, July 5, 4:30-5:20 p.m.
Four outstanding women percussionists elevating the art form.
Rehearsal Hall 104, Nicholas Music Center

ZMF Weekend: Pius Cheung/Yuhan Su
Sunday, July 5, 7:30 p.m.
Showcase Artist Yuhan Su (from Taiwan) will perform a set of solo and chamber music including saxophone, guitar, and voice. Pius Cheung, a Chinese-Canadian marimbist/percussionist and Young Concert Artists winner, will perform original pieces and music of Bach, Piazzolla, and Paul McCartney.
Shindell Choral Hall, Mortensen Hall

Jack Van Geem/Stephanie Webster
Wednesday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.
ZMF Showcase Artist Stephanie Webster brings music from the '70s Nueva Cancion in Latin America—a time of political turmoil and social injustices reflected in expressive music. Jack Van Geem (recently retired, longtime Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Symphony) will perform his new solo marimba program, “Music of Argentina.”
Schare Recital Hall, Marryott Music Building

Gordon Stout/various Artists
Friday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.
Marimba-world legend Gordon Stout will perform a set of his own compositions for marimba, percussion, and drum set, joined by ZMF participants and other guests.
Rehearsal Hall 104, Nicholas Music Center


Participants Marathon Concert
Saturday, July 11 1–5 p.m.
Your chance to hear more than 40 marimba performers in solo and ensemble settings. Featuring music by J.S. Bach, Robert Aldridge, Daniel Levitan and others.
Rehearsal Hall 104, Nicholas Music Center

About Zeltsman Marimba Festival
The Zeltsman Marimba Festival brings together top faculty from around the world with participants looking for an intensive learning and performing opportunity. Since 2001, the festival has been held nearly every summer in various locations to reach more participants and audiences—including Wisconsin, Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, as well as the Netherlands, Japan, and China.

The festival is the brainchild of Nancy Zeltsman, a leading marimba performer, recording artist, teacher, author, and festival director. Since 1993, she has taught marimba in positions that were created for her at Berklee College of Music and at The Boston Conservatory, where she is Chair of the Percussion Department. Nancy created ZMF to bring people together to share stimulating musical experiences in an atmosphere of support and camaraderie.

“Marimbists aren’t household names, but we hope the public will take a leap of faith and come out to hear some remarkable performances, and exciting, thought-provoking, and moving music,” says Zeltsman.

For more information about the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, visit www.ZMF.us.

Published May 2015