Triplicate Staff

The international Zeltsman Marimba Festival comes to the North Coast for the first time from Sunday through July 13, featuring eight evening concerts open to the public at Humboldt State University's Native Forum and the Arcata Playhouse.

Event founder and Boston-based marimba master Nancy Zeltsman headlines 60 international and stateside musicians performing music ranging from classical to contemporary, in solos and chamber ensembles. Music-making will center on the marimba, including instruments made by Arcata's Marimba One.

"Many of Nancy's artists are well-known marimba players who also play percussion," notes HSU Music Professor and Director of Percussion Eugene Novotney.

The concerts begin Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse, featuring a "Marimba Mix" of Bach, Faure and many more. The venue will shift to HSU's Native Forum on Wednesday, July 3, again at 8 p.m., with a presentation of "Expressive Complexity" and the music of Toru Takemitsu and Philippe Manoury.

No advance reservations will be available; tickets will go on sale at the door at 7:15 p.m. prior to each evening's performance and at 12:15 p.m. on July 13. Prices are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors at both locations.

The full concert schedule and other details are posted