UTC Department of Music is hosting a Faculty Chamber Recital on Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall in the UTC Fine Arts Center. This event is free of charge and is open to the public.

The program will feature several of the department members demonstrating their unique abilities in chamber music ensembles. Among the highlights of the evening is Maurice Ravel’s Chansons madécases. Written in 1925, it is based on melodies from Madagascar. Dr. Rebecca St. Goar, mezzo-soprano will be accompanied by Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai, piano, Jenny Wilkes, cello and Gordon James, horn for this work.

Composed in 2007 for William Mann, Trifecta by Dr. Kenyon Wilson, UTC tuba/euphonium professor, is a lively trombone feature piece for brass quintet. Trifecta is written in a rondo form and intersperses sections of slow lyricism with capricious energetic sections. Performers are Dr. Erika Schaefer and Tommy Bulman, (trumpet), Gordon James (horn), Rich Stichler (trombone), and Kenyon Wilson (tuba).

The Sonata for Two Pianists, String Bass and Percussion, No. 1 was born when the composer Claude Bolling met the pianist Emanuel Ax and wrote a sonata for him. Conceived as one continual work, as opposed to a many movement work, it incorporates elements of both the classical and jazz cultures. Faculty pianists Tsai and David Walters will be joined by Eric Hanson, bass, and Monte Coulter, percussion, for this piece.

Also on the program will be the Épitaphe de Jean Harlow, Op. 164by Charles Koechlin performed by Dr. Heather Small (flute), Clint Schmitt  (sax), and Tsai (piano); the Bernard Heiden “Sonata for Horn and Piano” performed by Gordon James (horn) and Tsai (piano); and the “Solo de Concours” by Théo Charlier performed by Schafer (trumpet) and Tsai (piano)

For information regarding this performance, see the Music Dept. website at http://utc.edu/music, or call the Music office at 423-425-4645.

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