The UTC Department of Music welcomes guest artist and pianist Scott Carrell on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The concert entitled “A French Program,” will feature works from a number of distinguished French composers. Carrell will include pieces by Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Säens, Nöel Gallon, and several more.
Carrell is known to captivate his audiences with his virtuosic flair, expressive playing, and informative comments. He often includes an enlightening discussion of the works and composers represented in his program to compliment his playing.
A native of Texas, Carrell has performed numerous recitals as soloist and as collaborator, including concerto appearances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, the Southwestern University Orchestra, the Plainview Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, the Little Rock Wind Symphony, and twice with the Harding University/Community Orchestra. An active chamber musician, he co-founded the Searcy Chamber Music Series and has performed on many of its concerts.
Receiving degrees from Southwestern University, the University of Illinois, and the D.M.A. from the University of North Texas, he studied with internationally-known artists Drusilla Huffmaster, Ian Hobson, and Vladimir Viardo and participated in master classes with Abbey Simon, Gail Delente, and Dominique Merlet. The French Piano Institute awarded him a prize for the best performance of a work by Henri Dutilleux at the 1996 FPI Festival in Paris, France. He was also honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award from Harding University for the 2003-2004 academic year.
In 2007, Carrell released the CD, Ragtime Memories, which consists of pieces in various ragtime style including classic, novelty and player piano styles. Composers represented include Joplin, Scott, Lamb, Confrey, Berlin and others, plus two original rags. His previous CD, Crossings, was released in 2005 and included works by Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Schulz-Evler and Carrell.
Currently teaching piano, music theory and composition at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, Carrell is in demand as a soloist, collaborative artist, teacher and adjudicator.
For more information, please contact the UTC Music Department at 423-425-4601 or visit their website.