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Dr. Jonathan McNair, Finalist for National Music Award

Dr. Jonathan McNair was recently announced as a finalist in Composition-Orchestra Music, professional division, with The American Prize for his Hopyard Overture.

McNair, UC Foundation Professor and Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition for the Department of Music, was named Tennessee Composer of the Year for 2008 by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association. His music has debuted on international stages in Brazil, Germany, Puerto Rico, and England to name a few.

“I seek to compose music that is expressive of musical values which can be known and felt,” explains McNair in his artist’s statement with American Composers Forum.

The American Prize is a national, non-profit competition series that recognizes “the very best” artists in the performing arts.

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November, a Month of Music at UTC

The Percussion Ensemble’s extremely popular “Beat Hunger” is still weeks away, but don’t worry, the Music Department has a sundry of concerts and events to quench your thirst, from the smooth jazz of Jack Segal and Marvin Fisher’s “When Sunny Gets Blue” to the stirring harmonies of Kurt Bestor’s “Prayer of the Children.”

Here are some details on a sampling of the music department’s upcoming concerts. For a full schedule of events, peruse the department’s calendar here.

The UTC Trumpet Ensemble and UTC Brass Quintet will present a joint concert on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

The program will include a composition entitled “Prayer of the Children” by Kurt Bestor, written out of frustration over the civil war taking place in the former country of Yugoslavia in the late 20th century. It was originally performed by the composer a cappella with a vocal synthesizer, digitally splitting his voice into 5 distinct parts. It has since become a very popular piece for choir, and this concert will feature a version for trumpet ensemble.

The brass quintet will perform Victor Ewald’s Quintet no. 2 in E flat major, written in 1905. Ewald is one of several composers credited with being the first to write music for the modern day brass quintet. His quintets are therefore very well known in the brass community and contain luscious melodies, more like music from the Romantic period.

The program will also include a work by Renaissance composer Orlando di Lasso and a lighthearted three movement work with Spanish and Norwegian influences by Vera Hørven and James Olcott.

The UTC Jazz Band invites you to a free concert entitled “Standards and Swing” on Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

Music will include two well-known charts written by Neal Hefti for the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1950s.  Hefti went on to write the music for the Batman TV series, and The Odd Couple film and TV series.  We are also featuring two charts by Benny Carter, a very highly respected yet perhaps less known composer from the 1930s and 40s.  His music was played by Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and Tommy Dorsey.  Carter’s own band included Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, J.J. Johnson, and Max Roach. The Jazz Band’s performance will also feature two vocalists, Kayla Petrille and Alea Tveit.

“Beat Hunger” concludes the month with two nights of performances by UTC’s Percussion Ensemble on November 22 and 23 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall. This highly anticipated concert sparks the season’s holiday spirit of giving. In lieu of tickets, attendees are encouraged to donate two non-perishable food items, or write a two-dollar check to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

Director of percussion studies, Dr. Monte Coulter, likes to include an element of surprise in this annual event. This year he says,

“Half of this year’s Beat Hunger will feature drumming music never heard before by Chattanooga audiences.  Ever.”

While concert goers will recognize some of the beats featured, half of the music will be new to all listeners, because it has yet to debut.

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Moc-o-ween: Zombies, music and other fun treats!

Join UTC as we get in the spooky spirit!

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See “Young Frankenstein, The Musical”

Young Frankenstein Musical at UTCIt’s alive! The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches.

“In this show, as in the movie it’s based on, Mel Brooks creates the character of Frederick Frankenstein, whose entire ancestry has created monsters by trying to resurrect the dead,” said director Steve Ray. “So basically, it’s the story of one man who must come to terms with his legacy—plus jokes about private parts.”

Mayhem, hijinks and old-fashioned production numbers follow.

Young Frankenstein Musical at UTCYoung Frankenstein, the Musical will be presented by the UTC Theatre Company at UTC’s Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre, in UTC’s Fine Arts Center. The show will run April 14-18 at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on April 18.

“For UTC Theatre Company, this is a pretty large cast. Our student actors are really impressive in this. They are singing and dancing and making us laugh; their energy will be infectious,” said Ray.  “If you like parodies, horror movies, old-fashioned musicals, bawdy humor, and twisted science, you’ll love this production.”

UTC Theatre Company’s Young Frankenstein production features:

  • Cast: Trevor Miles, Michael Haggarty, Jake Zachry, Ellie Smoak, Cierra Dolata, Cricket Glenn, Calvin Forrest, John Nichols, Trevor Denney, Will Park, Gabriel Bailey, Garrett Henson, Gregory Jackson, Paige Lykins, Allison Offutt, Jacob Madden, Justice Payne, Skylar Ramsey, Gretchen Sandahl, Taylor Smith, Emma Spratt, Courtney Tucker
  • Director: Steve Ray
  • Music Director- Tim Hinck
  • Choreographers: Lindsay Fussel and Jessica Laliberteo
  • Stage Managers: Anne Sharpe and Mason DeGroot
  • Scene Designer: Adam Miecielica
  • Costume Designer: Stephanie Henderson
  • Lighting Designer/ Technical Director: John R. Burgess
  • Sound Designer: Reid Austin
  • Photographer: Jaimie Davis

UTC faculty and students will bring this comedic musical to life for six performances.  Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Center box office by phone at (423) 425-4269 or in person. Tickets are also available to purchase at tickettracks.com. Tickets are $15 General Admission and $12 for students and seniors.

The play contains content that may not suitable for younger audiences.

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Enjoy campus music performances

Whether you are interested in the vocal talents of our students, or you want to hear them play the saxophone or percussion, or perhaps the flute is more your style, the UTC Department of Music offers a full calendar of talent this spring semester.

Beginning April 2, the Trumpet Ensemble and Tuba Euphonium concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

A Saxophone Extravaganza is planned for Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

The Cadek Community Orchestra will perform Sunday, April 12, from 3-4:30 in the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

Catch the Groove Percussion Performance will be held Monday, April 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

Chattanooga Singers and Chamber Singers Spring Concert will be held on Tuesday, April 14,

7:30-9:30 p.m. in Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine Street in Chattanooga.

The Wind Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, April 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

Experience a Flute Studio Recital on Thursday, April 16, beginning at 5 p.m. in Cadek 200, the Assembly Hall.

Groove with the Jazz Band on Thursday, April 16, beginning at 7:30 in the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorale will sing Monday, April 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

The Graduate Saxophone Recital will be held Tuesday, April 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

Visit the Department of Music for a complete schedule.

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