Baroque on Beaver: 20th Anniversary Opening Night Gala – Peter Ferry, percussion


Baroque’s Twentieth-Anniversary Season Opening Night Gala features a performance by percussion virtuoso Peter Ferry. Acclaimed as ‘an ingenious percussionist” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Peter Ferry re-imagines classical performances around the world through contemporary repertoire projects and innovative artistic collaborations; Ferry’s talk and performance on creative collaborations titled ‘Striking at the Edge’ was a featured TEDx closing lecture. Peter has appeared as a guest percussionist with acclaimed contemporary-music ensembles Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Eighth Blackbird. An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Ferry graduated with the prestigious Performer’s Certificate which recognizes outstanding performing ability.

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Acclaimed as “the ingenious percussionist Peter Ferry,” (Chicago Sun-Times), Peter Ferry is a young American percussion soloist re-imagining classical performances around the world through contemporary repertoire projects and innovative artistic collaborations. An active concerto soloist, Ferry has championed the percussion concerti of Joe Duddell, Emmanuel Sejourne, Michael Torke, Ney Rosauro, and Jacob ter Veldhuis and many more. Ferry’s performance in Michael Daugherty’s multiple-percussion concerto “U.F.O.” includes theatrical and lighting design elements, for which the composer called Ferry “one of the most promising and committed soloists of his generation.” As a soloist for Elliot Cole’s concerto “The Future is Bright”, Ferry premiered the work with the ten ensembles throughout the country that co-commissioned the work.

A TEDx speaker, Ferry delivered the closing talk and performance on creative collaborations titled “Striking at the Edge.” Ferry’s work with choreographer Nick Pupillo, praised as “full of vitality” (Chicago Tribune), has been featured at Chicago’s Harris Theater and Auditorium Theater for an audience of 2,400.

His Flames and Frequencies collaboration with live flame working glass artist Carrie Fertig was nominated for the Coburg Prize and inaugurated into the European Museum of Modern Glass’s permanent collection with performances whose “effect is difficult to describe in words… cascades of new sounds… an impressive multicolored head theater whose effect can hardly be escaped” (Neue Presse Coburg).

A frequent touring recitalist, Ferry’s solo shows have garnered reviews as “an artist of vision… presenting percussion in a stunning thoughtful way” (Rochester Fringe Festival critic Jeff Spevak). Recent projects include partnering with composer Marc Mellits on “Zodiac,” a solo work for marimba consisting of one movement for each of the astrological horoscope signs. Ferry has given solo performances across the United States including in New York City (Firehouse Space), Chicago (Constellation), Atlanta (Goat Farm Art Center), and abroad (Sweelinckzaal at Conservatorium von Amsterdam).

His experimental collaboration with video artist Xuan has been called “breathtaking… funny, boundary-pushing, thought-provoking” (Democrat and Chronicle). 1st Prize Winners of the SMIA Competition, Earsight Duo has been hosted for residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Mana Contemporary, and has opened for GRAMMY-award winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird at South Carolina’s Indie Grits Film Festival and were guests of the ensemble for a short residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.  

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Baroque on Beaver Event. This performance at the BIC Center is part of Baroque on Beaver 2021.  Ticket proceeds benefit The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association.  Please contact Baroque on Beaver at if you have questions about your tickets or need to change your plans or seating arrangements.

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Date: July 30, 2021

Start time: 07:31 p.m.

End time: 09:00 p.m.

Venue: BIC Center Theater

Coordinates: 45.74730, -85.51932

Directions: Across from the ferry dock...

Phone: 231-448-2022


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