Concordia Chamber Players

Sandbox Percussion

November 15th, 2020

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  • Bell Patterns – Victor Caccese
  • this is my canvas – Natalie Dietterich
  • Largo from Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in f minor, BWV 1056 – J.S. Bach (arr. Victor Caccese)
  • Music for Percussion Quartet – David Crowell
  • Pillar VI – Andy Akiho **world premiere**
  • Pillar II – Andy Akiho

Following the concert we will be hosting a post-concert Zoom chat with Michelle & Siwoo to close out the 2020-21 Season.

Please join us at 6:00 pm by clicking on the button. 

This film is free to the public, however, any small amount that you feel comfortable contributing towards our continuing efforts to bring chamber music to the public will be greatly appreciated. 

This concert is partly underwritten by: 

photo: Noah Stern Weber 2014

About Sandbox Percussion

Described as “virtuosic and utterly mesmerizing” by The Guardian, Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading proponent of this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.

Sandbox Percussion performs throughout the United States and made their United Kingdom debut in 2019 at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in Cardiff where they premiered a new work by Benjamin Wallace for percussion quartet and fairground organ. In the 2019-20 season Sandbox Percussion premiered Don’t Look Down, a new work by Christopher Cerrone, with pianist Conor Hanick, as part of a new live stream concert series at the Caramoor Center for Music. They also presented a performance at Dumbarton Oaks of a new work by Viet Cuong. Sandbox Percussion has presented four separate programs of music by John Luther Adams at Storm King Art Center, Tippet Rise Art Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the String Theory concert series in Chattanooga, TN. Sandbox performed Viet Cuong’s concerto Re(new)al with the Albany Symphony and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, as well as premiered a wind ensemble version of the work with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony. Sandbox collaborated with actor and writer Paul Lazar on a portrait concert of music by John Cage at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and gave three sold out performances of Music for Eighteen Musicians with Emerald City Music in Seattle, WA.

In addition to maintaining a busy concert schedule, Sandbox has also led masterclasses and coachings at schools such as the Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute, the University of Southern California, Kansas University, Cornell University, and Furman University. While there, they coached students on some of the most pivotal works in the percussion repertoire including Steve Reich’s Drumming, György Ligeti’s Síppal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel, and John Cage’s Third Construction. These teaching experiences have inspired the quartet to pursue a role of pedagogy and mentorship for today’s young generation of musicians. In 2016, Sandbox Percussion founded the NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar – this week-long seminar invites percussion students from across the globe to rehearse and perform some of today’s leading percussion chamber music repertoire at the iconic Brooklyn venue National Sawdust.


Visit the Sandbox Percussion Website

Join Us for a New Kind of Reception

After the event, join us for a Post-Concert Reception Hangout with Sandbox Percussion via Zoom. To get more details, recipes for the Signature Sandbox Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres and the link to join the hangout, make sure you’ve signed up for our email list. If you haven’t already, just add your name below to be part of the fun!

After the concert, to Join the Zoom Hangout, go to

Watch the video as Terry shows us how it’s done!

photo: Noah Stern Weber 2014


Sandbox are known around town as excellent mixologists when they are not keeping us mesmerized with their percussionist talents. For the post-concert hangout, they have created a signature cocktail for all to enjoy should they wish to. A spicy fall twist on a classic.


  • 2 oz whiskey (rye, bourbon, or scotch)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon simple syrup (see below)
  • 6 dashes bitters (Angostura or orange)
  • orange peel
  • lemon peel
  • ice
  1. Place lemon peel inside a glass
  2. Add 6 dashes of bitters, and shake to incorporate
  3. Add 2 tsp cinnamon simple syrup
  4. Add 2 oz whiskey
  5. Fill the glass with ice, and stir for 30-60 seconds
  6. Strain liquid into another glass, over fresh ice -add zest from the orange peel into the drink, and garnish with a cinnamon stick
TO MAKE THE CINNAMON SIMPLE SYRUP: Bring 1 cup water to a boil, and add 2 cinnamon sticks. Reduce the heat, and let simmer for about 10 minutes and then add 1 cup sugar. Stir to dissolve. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool. Keep the syrup in a container in the fridge!

Concordia’s own Chef Extraordinaire, Linda Kenyon

Linda Kenyon has been the creative genius behind so many of the Gala events as well as putting on the incredible spread for our concert receptions. It’s difficult to tear people away from the intermission nibbles in order to complete our concerts at times! She has agreed to share some of her special appetizer recipes with us so that you can create your own little something to enjoy for our Post-Concert Reception Hangout with Sandbox Percussion and they pair nicely with the Cinnamon Old Fashioned we sent earlier in the week!

Watch the video as Linda shows us how it’s done!

photo: Noah Stern Weber 2014

The Recipes

Blend equal parts cream cheese and grated cheddar until smooth, mix in curry powder to taste and place in a dish. Spread top with chutney and surround with sliced scallion rings.

Serve with crackers.

Slice eggplant into rounds, about ½ inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and let stand about 10 minutes;
Blot excess water and brush both sides with olive oil. Grill or broil until done.

To make a tangy yogurt sauce, mix 1 cup of yogurt and one clove of garlic that has been put through a garlic press. Add salt to taste, and let stand for about 10 minutes for flavors to blend.

Serve on toast.

Mix 1/2 a diced onion; 1 avocado, diced; and 1 mango, diced. Add some chopped fresh cilantro to taste plus juice from one lime. My experience is that the smoothest shiniest limes are the juiciest! Stir in minced hot pepper and salt to taste. (You could also substitute hot sauce.)

Note: It is best not to make this too far ahead 1 or 2 hours is fine. It is fine the next day, but it starts to look messy.

Boil or roast some tiny potatoes until done.

To make the Huancaina Sauce, mash one hard-boiled egg yolk into 2/3 cup queso fresco or feta cheese. Add 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 2 or 3 Tablespoons evaporated milk, 2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion, rinsed in boiling water, 2 teaspoons hot pepper, minced (aji amarillo chile pepper is the authentic one to use). Use less hot pepper if you prefer. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve as sauce for the potatoes.

You can do this in the food processor but mince the onion and pepper first.

The Cinematic Tale of Finding Friendship, Hope and Community Through Music

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with Manzanita Music Collective

This premiere will be free to the public, however, any small amount that you feel comfortable contributing towards our continuing efforts to bring chamber music to the public will be greatly appreciated. 

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