Festival Artist

FRANK CASSARA – percussion

A proponent of new and classic, western and world percussion music, Frank Cassara has premiered many works with as many diverse groups. As percussionist for the Philip Glass Ensemble, he has performed around the globe, as well as recording Glass’ music and film scores, most recently the Glass work “Orion.” He has also toured extensively around the world with Steve Reich and Musicians, the New Music Consort/PULSE Percussion Ensemble and the Newband/Harry Partch Ensemble, performing and recording on Partch’s microtonally tuned instruments and Dean Drummond’s Zoomoozophone. He has also performed and toured with groups such as Music From China, Manhattan Marimba Quartet, Talujon Percussion Quartet, North/South Consonance and Ethos Percussion Ensemble. Principal percussion of the Connecticut Grand Opera and member of the Riverside Symphony and Hudson Valley Philharmonic, he has also performed with many area orchestras such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, and the Long Island Philharmonic. Mr. Cassara has played for many Broadway shows, recorded for numerous CDs and film scores, and heads the percussion departments at Long Island University, Vassar College and Brooklyn College. More information about Mr. Cassara can be found on his website, www.frankcassara.com.