Final Viva Musica concert to feature JJC percussion prof

4/1/2015, 11:26 p.m.
Joliet Junior College's Adam Cowger will perform the music of John Cage, Alice Alan Hovhaness and others on April 26.
Adam Cowger

Joliet Junior College provided this news release:

Joliet Junior College adjunct percussion professor Adam Cowger will perform in the college’s final Musica Viva concert of the season on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. in the JJC Fine Arts Theatre, located on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

The public is invited to this free event. The program will include music by John Cage, Alice Coltrane, Alan Hovhaness and more.

Cowger, who also works as a music instructor at Moraine Valley Community College and Lockport Township High School, is the leader of JJC’s percussion ensemble. The ensemble is known for regularly performing Brazilian samba and Afro-Cuban folkloric styles. The percussion program at JJC focuses on developing well-rounded percussionists in the areas of concert, jazz and world music.

In addition to his work in education, Cowger recently formed “Screaming Norwegians,” a percussion duo with Ben Wahlund, a fellow educator and performer.

Cowger also performs regularly with the tribute band, “The Chicago Experience.” He has been a part of numerous professional orchestras in the Chicagoland area, and has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Cowger has a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakoka, both in percussion performance.

For more information about the JJC Musica Viva series, call the JJC Fine Arts Department at 815-280-2223 or visit www.jjc.edu/fine-arts.