West Virginia Universitys World Music Center Concert will feature talented percussionists, including tabla virtuoso Srinivas Krishnan, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 12) at the WVU Creative Arts Center.

The concert will be in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. The tabla is the principal percussion instrument of north Indian classical music and consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres.

Directed by Gordon Nunn, the program will also feature ensembles from the World Music Center at WVU , including the WVU Steel Bands, the Advanced Steel Band, the WVU African Ensemble, the WVU Taiko (Japanese drum) Ensemble, the Salsa Ensemble and the WVU Marching Band Drumline.

Nunn said this years concert will also feature Appalachian traditional music performed by Morgantown musicians Bob Shank on hammer dulcimer and banjo, Jason Jaros on guitar and Rachel Eddy on fiddle.

Krishnan will perform a work titledTani Avartaram,which features a unique combination of Indian western percussion instruments.

He will be joined by members of the WVU Marching Band Drumline, including the marching snare drums and bass drums.

In addition, the WVU Taiko Ensemble will premiere a new composition titledDream of the Forgotten Samuri,written by WVU student Brandon Lambert.

The African Ensemble will performYankadi,while the beginner and intermediate Steel Bands will performLa Plazaby Jeff Narell andGive �€~Im Upby Alan Lightner.

The Advanced Steel Band will perform John ColtranesGiant StepsandCat Battlesby Joshua Redmond. Both pieces were arranged for steel band by the groups director, Jim Morford. The band will also performSoujournwritten by Chris Tanner andIzos Moodby Andy Narell.

The WVU Salsa Ensemble will performWheres the Boatwritten by WVU student Jon Cavendish andLa Malanga,written by Rudy Calzado and arranged by the Salsa Bands director Adam Osmianski.

For tickets and information, call the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.