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Arts / Entertainment

Vituoso Series Concert features Kevin Bobo Oct. 8

October 5, 2009

Did you know that the marimba originated in Africa and consisted of a series of hollow logs laid over holes in the ground? The modern marimba, whose shape and style originated in Latin America, has bars made of rare tropical woods and resonators made of metal. Often used in larger ensembles, the marimba has become such a popular instrument that it's increasingly being played as a solo instrument.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Organ Recital Hall
University Center for the Arts 

The Department of Music welcomes nationally and internationally acclaimed soloist, recitalist, clinician, and orchestral percussionist, Kevin Bobo, for a unique concert featuring marimba.

Bobo often performs at national and international percussion festivals and is an active composer and recording artist. He is a Malletech clinician/recitalist and a Zildjian Educational Endorser*.

The performance will be followed by a Meet the Artist reception in which you can ask Kevin Bobo questions about his compositions and instrument, how to pursue a career in music, or congratulate him on a job well done! 

Tell me more about the marimba...

Often the marimba is used in a larger ensemble, such as an orchestra or percussion group, but more and more it's being played as a solo instrument. The marimba is such a popular instrument that some music has been composed and specifically arranged for it.  

The origins of the marimba can be traced to Africa, where the instrument consisted of hollow logs over holes in the ground. The modern marimba's shape and style originated in Latin America. The bars on most marimbas today are made either from rare tropical woods like rosewood, or else synthetic materials like Kelon. The resonators are typically metal (aluminum or brass) and extend beneath the bars. 


  • $5/CSU students
  • $1/youth (2 – 17)
  • 10/adult 

Purchase tickets to the Kevin Bobo virtuoso concert.  

*What is a Zildjian Educational Endorser?

The Zildjian Educational Program seeks percussion educators that have a national presence within the percussion education community. Other criteria include solid affiliations at major educational institutions like universities, colleges, and conservatories, and strong affiliations with educational organizations, such as MENC, IAJE, PAS, DCI and WGI. Clinician experience and published works are also considerations for potential endorsement.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603