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— Musician and Arkansas Tech University staff member Dr. Lowell Lybarger will sit in with the Tech Percussion Ensemble during its performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Witherspoon Auditorium.

Lybarger will display his talents on the tabla drums and the didgeridoo, a wind instrument that has been played for approximately 1,500 years by the Aboriginal people of northern Australia.

The concert is free and open to the public.

"Lowell grew up in Pakistan as a child of missionaries and has his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, which is the study of non-Western music," said Philip Parker, director of the Tech Percussion Ensemble. "He is a musician, swordsman, martial arts aficionado, speaks fluent Urdo and is an all-around interesting guy who has traveled the world."

Lybarger is in his second year as a member of the Arkansas Tech staff. He serves as the director for the music lab inside the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center.

Monday's program will also feature Tech Music Department faculty members KarenFutterer, who will play the flute during a performance of Parker's composition "When Fireflies Danced," and Holly Ruth Gale, who will be vocal soloiston Gershwin's "Summertime."

For more information about the concert and the Arkansas Tech Percussion Ensemble, call (479) 968-0475.

River Valley Ozark, Pages 145 on 10/12/2008

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