On Friday, October 25, Chicago’s Grammy-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion will perform at Door Community Auditorium (DCA). The troupe will present their acclaimed production “Paddle to the Sea” at 7 p.m. on the 25th, in addition to performing matinees for Door County students on October 23 and 24.
Focused around the classic children’s book and Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, “Paddle to the Sea” explores our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives. Third Coast Percussion composed a new score to be performed live with the film, which tells the story of a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River on his way to the Atlantic Ocean. Existing works inspired by impressions of water and the natural world will weave in and out of the original film and new music, including composers Philip Glass and Jacob Druckman and the traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Tickets for “Paddle to the Sea” range from $25-48.
BBC Music Magazine writes that Third Coast Percussion Is “impressively combining creative fearlessness with reverent precision.”
On October 23 and 24, Third Coast Percussion will work with Door County youth in performances centered around water. On October 23 at 2 p.m., Third Coast will conduct an interactive presentation and performance for Gibraltar students in grades 3-5 called “Waves,” exploring the science behind sound. Students will learn about the scientific and musical properties of sound waves by participating in interactive activities using app-based technology to visualize learning objectives. On October 24 at 1:15 p.m., Third Coast will perform a student matinee version of “Paddle to the Sea,” entitled “Put Me Back In the Water.” Tickets for these matinees cost $5; need-based scholarships are available.
Third Coast Percussion’s program was originally scheduled to take place January 31 and February 1, 2019, as part of Celebrate Water Door County; however, the program was rescheduled due to severe weather.
Third Coast Percussion’s DCA residency is made possible with support from Passport Program Partners Friends of Gibraltar, RocketDSD.com/IceCreamSouce.com, and Alexander’s Restaurant. DCA’s 2019 Winter Water Fest partners included Callsen Family Fund, the Anne and Richard Egan Charitable Fund, the Anonymous Fund, the Barb & Mike Madden Fund, and the Healthy Water Door County Fund of the Door County Community Foundation, Door County Library, Dahl Law Firm, Kick Ash Products, Door
County Civility Project ,Ross Estate Planning, and Write On Door County. DCA is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Third Coast Percussion’s public performance begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 25. Tickets range from $25 to $48. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made through the DCA box office, located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person, on the phone at (920) 868-2728, or online at www.dcauditorium.org.