Music in the Garden: Percussion Duo

Venue: W.J. Beal Botanical Garden

Kramer Milan, percussion
Sebastian Buhts, percussion

Pull up a blanket or chair at the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and enjoy the ambience of music and garden flora during MSU’s free outdoor concert series featuring MSU College of Music chamber groups. Free tours of the garden will begin immediately after the concert, at 7 PM.

Music Perforamnce

“Journey Through Time” This concert will fuse music and percussion instruments from four different continents through a variety of sonic expression. Among the unique instruments to be featured include the Indian tabla and Iranian zarb. Join us as we travel through time exploring cultures and rhythms old and new.

Garden Tour: History of American Indian Agriculture

Join Beal Botanical Garden curator Peter Carrington as we review the important history of the agriculture of the first Americans. These accomplished agronomists developed many of the most important crops grown today. One of the world’s ten centers of agricultural domestication is right here east of the Mississippi in the United States. Garden tours will take place immediately following the concert.

The MSU Food Truck and Dairy Store ice cream will be on site for the audience to enjoy.

For more information about the Beal Botanical Gardens, including tours call (517) 884-8486 or vist their website

This event is free and open to the public.

Artist Bios

Sebastian Buhts is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion from Michigan State University. He earned his Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in percussion along with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at MSU, Sebastian teaches applied percussion, percussion methods, and coaches percussion ensemble. He is also on faculty at the MSU Community Music School. As a freelance musician, Sebastian regularly performs with regional orchestras, and also provides guest-artist lectures and performances for solo marimba and tabla. Prior to his appointments in Michigan, Sebastian was on the adjunct percussion faculty at Belmont University. For more information, please visit Sebastican’s website.

Kramer Milan is an active educator and percussionist throughout mid-Michigan. As professor of percussion at Olivet College, Kramer cares deeply about the responsibility to share his passion for music with the next generation of aspiring percussionists. He is a section percussionist in the Midland Symphony Orchestra and member of The Percussion Collective Robert van Sice. His wide experience ranges from performances with Aretha Franklin to the American Brass Quintet. Kramer holds degrees from Yale University, the Peabody Conservatory, and currently is a D.M.A. candidate at Michigan State University. As an endorsed young artist, Kramer performs exclusively with Vic Firth drumsticks, Zildjian Cymbals, and Pearl-Adams percussion products.

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