WSO Percussion Trio

Title: WSO Percussion TrioDate: 2013-02-15

Percussion Power is an exciting programme featuring three virtuoso percussionists from the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) coming to the Mary Webb Centre on Friday 15th February at 7:00pm (note early start time). Ragtime, contemporary, classical and popular styles will be showcased in works for the xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, drum set and many other percussion instruments.

A highlight of the evening will be two solo performances of his own compositions by renowned percussionist Dr. Nicholas Papador. The programme also includes 1920s ragtime golden oldies like Me and My Gal and Bill Bailey; Newfoundland-based Bill Brennan’s Alegria inspired by Cirque de Soleil and West African drumming; and Order of Canada holder Ann Southam’s witty work entitled What to Do Until the Power Comes On.

Julian Jeun, Principal Percussionist for the WSO, has a varied background which includes membership in the Scarlet Brigade Concert and Marching Band and the Matrix Jazz Orchestra. He spent several years with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada touring Canada and Europe and performed in a landmark live recording and DVD documentary of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. For five years Jeun held the position of Principal Timpani with Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra with whom he won his first Juno nomination for Variations On A Memory of Jeffery Ryan’s Pangea. His second Juno nomination came with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s Peter and the Wolf & Last Minute Lulu. In 2005 Jeun won the position of Principal Percussionist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He also plays extra percussion with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Ever creative, Jeun is also an accomplished wedding and portrait photographer. As a winner of a national competition for young entrepreneurs, he also initiated Percussion Online, a retailer of symphonic percussion instruments.

Timothy Francom is Section Percussionist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra who was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the National Academy Orchestra. A versatile musician, Tim freelances with many orchestras, choirs, and new music ensembles across Ontario. As a soloist he has appeared with the Georgian Bay Symphony and the Oshawa Durham Symphony Orchestra, as well as in numerous recitals. Tim teaches percussion privately, at the Regent Park School of Music and at music camps and workshops around the province.

Dr. Nicholas Papador is a concert percussionist and active proponent of new music and multimedia ensembles. He is in the recording stages of a CD of a 2010 recital of solo Canadian percussion scores including several of his own compositions. He is also working with US Afro-Caribbean specialist James Armstrong on the second recording of the groundbreaking world music inspired chamber ensemble, Marassa Duo.The CD, with the working title Voduophidian, features an exciting interplay of marimba and vibraphone with a wide variety of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Haitian instruments as well as an array of beautiful atmospheric percussion instruments. Papador is President of the Percussive Arts Society Ontario Chapter who as a solo marimbist, percussionist and timpanist has performed in Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Canada and the United States. Indiana University awarded him the coveted “Performer’s Certificate”. Dr. Nicholas Papador is Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor where he is a special sessional instructor of percussion.

Tickets for this spectacular evening, which include light refreshments, are $25.00. Student tickets are $10.00. There will be only one set after which audience members have the opportunity to meet the percussionists. A unique experience not to be missed! To order tickets telephone 519 678 3065. or email Tickets are also available at and selected local retailers.