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K-State Today

August 27, 2015



Radio City Music Hall percussionist to perform free concert at K-State

By Kirstyn Norris

Mario DeCiutiis playing the MalletKAT

Mario DeCiutiis, percussionist at Radio City Music Hall for 36 years and co-founder of Alternate Mode Inc., will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, in McCain's Kirmser Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

DeCiutiis has been the percussionist for the Radio City Music Hall Holiday Spectacular and other shows since 1979. Shortly thereafter, he invented the MalletKAT, an electronic keyboard instrument capable of meeting the demands of the modern percussionist. Today, KAT instruments are used extensively at Radio City Music Hall as well as in many Broadway pit orchestras because of their versatility and quality of sound.

During DeCiutiis' three-day residence at K-State, he will present a clinic to students, perform a concert exhibiting the versatility and expressive range of the KAT instruments, address seminar classes, and offer private lessons.

See details on more Percussion Studio events.