February 21, 2017

Percussionist Henson in concert at OBU

This article was published February 17, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA -- Ouachita Baptist University's Division of Music will host percussionist Richard Henson Jr. in concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The concert, which will feature world percussion and hand drums from around the globe and is free and open to the public, will be held in Mabee Fine Arts Center's W. Francis McBeth Recital Hall on the Ouachita campus.

Henson will perform eight pieces at the concert, including two original pieces, "Sinous Frame" and "Necessary Endings," four pieces by N. Scott Robinson, "Il Mano," "Global Positions," "Shaken, Not Stirred" and "Handful," "III. Lenjengo" from Djembe Recital Suite by B. Michael Williams, and "Manta Ray Dance" by Yousif Sheronick.

"Necessary Endings" will feature Ryan Lewis, OBU professor of music, as well as two Ouachita senior instrumental music performance majors, Brandon Lovelady, of Hot Springs, and Abby Tipps, of Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Henson is an active performer and educator throughout the southeastern United States who specializes in classical percussion, marching percussion, drum set and world music. He has performed at the East Tennessee Day of Percussion and with the Chattanooga Choral Arts Society and Sewanee Symphony Orchestra. He also has held multiple adjudicator positions and has performed in various drum set and world music performances.

Henson is part-time director of percussion studies at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., and part-time instructor of percussion at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., where he teaches world percussion, applied lessons and percussion techniques and assists with the percussion ensemble.

Henson earned his bachelor of music degree from the University of Tennessee-Martin and his master of music degree from Lee University under the instruction of Andy Harnsberger, Julie Hill and Nancy Matheson.

Email Lewis at or call 870-245-5421 for more information about the concert.

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