Roller-blading percussionists and other wonders

One performance piece by Crash sees cymbal players on roller blades and other modes of transportation; another features hamboning-style dance and baseball coaching signals. (Photo submitted)

One performance piece by Crash sees cymbal players on roller blades and other modes of transportation; another features hamboning-style dance and baseball coaching signals. (Photo submitted)

Twin Cities composer Mary Ellen Childs pulled out all the stops for her percussion ensemble Crash.

Among the performance pieces are “DrumRoll,” which features drummers on wheels, and “Sight of Hand,” which incorporates hamboning-style dance and baseball coaching signals.

There’s also the wild visual spectacle of the eponymous piece, “Crash,” with six cymbal players on roller blades and other modes of transportation.

Crash is set to take the stage of the Lakeville Area Arts Center on Sunday, April 28, as part of the ongoing Highview Hills Coffee Concert series.

The concert will be just the second time in the concert series’ six seasons to feature a percussion ensemble. Focused mainly on classical music, the series delved into the percussion arena for the first time when it hosted the Minnesota Percussion Trio in April 2009.

For Crash, as with all the concerts, there will be complimentary coffee and refreshments in the series’ informal cabaret setting.

Crash founder and composer Childs, who conceived of the group as an integration of music and dance and theater, will introduce and discuss her work at the Lakeville show.

In addition to her work with Crash, Childs also composes “purely musical” concert works and has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Walker Art Center. Her CD releases include “Kilter” and “Dream House.” A fan of the accordion, she’s created about a dozen works that include the instrument.

This year’s coffee concert series concludes May 19 with the Bell Alma Duo of Kathy Kienzle, principal harp of the Minnesota Orchestra, and Michele Frisch, principal flute of the Minnesota Opera.

All the concerts are on Sundays at 2 p.m. at the arts center at 20965 Holyoke Ave. in downtown Lakeville. Tickets are $14.50 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and are available online at www.LakevilleAreaArtsCenter.com.

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