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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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Music professor’s work performed at National Gallery of Art

Dr. Jonathan McNairDr. Jonathan McNair’s Follow the Drinking Gourd was performed by the Marian Anderson String Quartet at the National Gallery of Art in a concert presented in honor of African American History Month.

McNair was commissioned to compose the work for Chattanooga Symphony for its resident quintets.  He was asked to revise and adapt the work for the Marian Anderson String Quartet.

“The story told by the narrator is based on the Underground Railroad, and features a fictional African American family escaping slavery. The music incorporates the folksong ‘Follow the Drinking Gourd,’ used in a variety of ways, as well as the melodies of three spirituals, along with original music and creative treatment of the tunes,” McNair explained.

In the Washington D.C. performance, an enthusiastic audience was invited to participate in the chorus of the original folksong.  McNair says the song “contained clues for enslaved persons who wished to attempt escape, as to the time of year, the signs to follow, the general direction (the Drinking Gourd was code for the big Dipper constellation, which pointed the way), and large landmarks along the way such as rivers. The ‘old man’ in the song waiting to carry folks to freedom was ‘Peg-Leg Joe,’ who was an Underground Railroad operative, and he taught the song to slaves while working as a temporary laborer on plantations.”

Dr. Jonathan McNair and Marian Anderson String QuartetWhen he composed this work for the Chattanooga Symphony quintets, McNair hoped that it might find a broader life, but he had no idea that a professional group such as the Marian Anderson String Quartet would add it to their repertoire and play it throughout the entire concert season in multiple locations in multiple states, including Texas, Georgia, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C..

“Having this group of wonderful musicians take my work to heart, and give a truly passionate performance of it in a setting like the National Gallery of Art, with a sizable audience for the space, long applause for the performance, and having people ask for an autograph afterwards–this was a remarkable experience,” he said.

McNair is working on Preludes for solo piano, and a suite of pieces for String Orchestra. He finished a set of songs for baritone voice and piano on poetry by Walt Whitman in September 2014.  Those songs were premiered by his colleague Perry Ward in the Music Department at UTC, and they were performed again at Converse College on February 27 by Ward.

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The Callithumpian Consort returns to Chattanooga with music for pianos, percussion.


Stuart Gerber

Fascinating music for the unusual but highly effective combination of two pianos with percussion instruments will be performed on Monday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall of UTC Fine Arts Center. On stage will be the Callithumpian Consort, featuring pianists Stephen Drury and Yukiko Tagaki, and percussionists Stuart Gerber and Scott Deal.

The program includes the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Béla Bartók, which was the first work to be composed for this instrumentation. Also included will be a new work created by American composer Christian Wolff for the same grouping.

Admission is free and the public is invited. This performance is sponsored by the Ruth S. Holmberg Professorship in American Music and the Department of Music at UTC.

The Callithumpian Consort has been called “…One of Boston’s most intrepid and accomplished new music ensembles…” by David Weininger of the Boston Globe. Founded by pianist Stephen Drury in the 1980s, the Calithumpian Consort is flexible in size and makeup. Its repertoire includes the classics of the last 100 years and new works in the avant-garde and experimental traditions. The group’s 2015 spring tour will see them performing throughout the Eastern US, with a final concert in Indianapolis. Each of the four current members are internationally known and acclaimed. In a very different configuration which included 5-string banjo, the Callithumpian Consort first performed in Chattanooga in April, 2005.

American composer Christian Wolff (b. 1934) was a primary force in a musical movement historically known as the New York School, consisting of composers who revolutionized music in the 20th century. Wolff helped to change the way musicians across a broad spectrum of genres think about composition and performance. Most profoundly, he has impacted how classical musicians interpret their own craft.  Wolff has received awards and grants from the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Ford Foundation, DAAD Berlin, the Asian Cultural Council, the Fromm Foundation, among others. He was professor of classics and music at Dartmouth College from 1971 to 1999.

Composer Béla Bartók ((1881-1945), born and raised in Hungary, was a celebrated composer and pianist. During his relatively brief career as a teacher at the Royal Academy, his students included a few of the top musicians of the 20th Century, including conductors Fritz Reiner and Georg Solti, and pianists Lili Kraus and György Sándor. Along with his friend Zoltan Kodály, His Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion was composed in 1937, and premiered with Bartók and his wife at the pianos in 1938 in Basil, Switzerland, where it was received enthusiastically. It has since become one of Bartók’s most performed works.


Stephen Drury

Pianist and conductor Stephen Drury has performed throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and from Arkansas to Seoul. A champion of contemporary music, he has also performed contemporary works in remote corners of Pakistan, Greenland and Montana. Drury has performed or recorded several professional orchestras and has worked closely with many of the leading composers of our time.

Pianist Yukiko Takagi has performed with the orchestra of the Bologna Teatro Musicale, the John Zorn Ensemble, the Auros Group for New Music, Santa Cruz New Music Works, the Harvard Group for New Music and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble.  She gives frequent duo-piano concerts with Stephen Drury.  Her recording of Colin McPhee’s Balinese Ceremonial Dances was released by MusicMasters.  At New England Conservatory, Takagi is a teacher and guest artist for NEC’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance.

Lauded as having “consummate virtuosity” by The New York Times, percussionist Dr. Stuart Gerber has performed extensively throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Mexico as a soloist an chamber musician. He is Associate Professor of Percussion at Georgia State University in Atlanta. As an active performer of new works, Stuart has been involved in a number of world-premiere performances. Gerber has been the faculty percussionist for the Stockhausen-Courses since 2005 and has recorded a number of pieces for the Stockhausen Complete Edition released by the Stockhausen-Verlag. In addition to his work with Stockhausen, Stuart has worked with many other notable composers.

Performer, composer and media artist Scott Deal engages new works of chamber music, computer interactivity, networked systems, electronics and percussion. His percussion performances have been described as “riveting” (Sequenza21), and executed with “phenomenal virtuosity” (Artsfuse). His recordings have been described as “soaring, shimmering explorations of resplendent mood and incredible scale”….”sublimely performed”, and his recent recording of Pulitzer Prize/Grammy Award-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Four Thousand Holes, was listed in New Yorker Magazine’s 2011 Top Ten Classical Picks.

He has performed at venues worldwide, including Musicacoustica Beijing, Almeida Opera London, Arena Stage Washington, Supercomputing Global, Zerospace, among others. He is the percussionist for the computer-acoustic trio Big Robot, who have performed to audiences worldwide.  He is a Professor of Music and Director of the Donald Louis Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Funding for the Calithumpian Tour is made possible with funding from the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center at IUPUI, the New England Conservatory, and Georgia State University.

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‘Neural Tango’ concert explores the benefits of music therapy

Martha Playing PianoTales of the Neural Tango, a concert/workshop event designed to entertain as well as enlighten the audience to the benefits of music in therapeutic environments, will take place on Sunday afternoon, March 22nd at 3 p.m. at the Cadek Conservatory on the UTC campus.

The nonprofit organization Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc. (MTGIC) partners with Cadek in presenting this unique interactive concert experience featuring classical piano music accompanied by video clips and live demonstration of examples of biomedical music techniques. These techniques can be positively utilized in therapeutic settings for such neurological afflictions as stroke, autism, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

Martha Summa-Chadwick, concert pianist and Executive Director of MTGIC, presents and performs for this event. The concert will start with a brief overview of how music is perceived in the brain and central nervous system, and then proceed to performances of works by composers who had neural afflictions (Beethoven – deafness, Schumann – bi-polar disorder, and Messiaen – synesthesia).   Interactive demonstration and media clips will be intermingled throughout the performance to show how biomedical music techniques can be utilized to help those with sensorimotor, speech, or cognition challenges.

The second half of the concert features the mesmerizing beat of dance music composed by Tjeknavorian and Piazzolla. This music is full of rhythm that inspires the listener to effortlessly tap fingers or toes to the beat, thus experiencing the effectiveness of music helping to promote muscular movement.

This event is free of charge and open to the public, and is part of a recital series made possible by a grant from ArtsBuild and the Tennessee Arts Commission to support advocating for the cause of music in therapy.  Cadek Hall is located at 725 Oak Street on the UTC campus.

For further information about the concert or biomedical music techniques, please visit www.mtgic.org or www.marthasumma.com.

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