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Musicians raise awareness for music in therapy with Chamber Music for Body and Soul IV

Several leading regional musical organizations will collaborate in a unique chamber music event on November 18, 7:00 P.M. in UTC’s. Musicians from the UTC Department of Performing Arts, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO), and the non-profit organization Music Therapy Gateway In Communications (MTGIC) will combine their talents in a concert designed to educate and entertain the audience on the positive therapeutic outcomes for motor, speech, and cognitive challenges utilizing music as a direct conduit into the brain.

A pre-concert lecture is scheduled at 7:00 P.M., followed by a 7:30 concert featuring Olivier Messiaen’s remarkable composition, Quartet for the End of Time. The event is supported by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission to MTGIC as part of their 2016-17 Arts Build Communities grant cycle.

Dr. Nikolasa Tejero's Headshot

Dr. Nikolasa Tejero

Pianist and MTGIC Executive Director Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick will be joined by UTC professor Dr. Nikolasa Tejero on Clarinet, HSO concertmaster Mark Reneau on violin, and Heather Anderson on cello for the performance.

The year 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the premiere of Messiaen’s Quartet, which was composed and premiered in a prisoner-of- war camp during WWII. The unusual scoring of piano, cello, violin, and clarinet was a result of the limitations of instruments and musicians that could be found at the POW camp. It will be the featured work following a brief demonstration of the more public facade of musical entertainment in war-torn Europe during 1941, including Strauss waltzes and Weill cabaret songs. The Quartet’s structural design includes qualities that are musical, physiological, and also mystical based on Messiaen’s personal belief structure.

Messiaen had synesthesia, a condition affecting 1 in 2000 people that involves a fundamental jumbling of the sensory system; he could see sound and hear color. Compositional techniques in the Quartet are influenced by this rare physiological ability to transcribe sound into colors, and also his intense faith in the Catholic Church. The reflection on “time” illuminated in the Quartet allowed Messiaen to create the fundamental connection that would link all of his beliefs; on hearing the work, the concert audience will understand different approaches of how music can influence humanity.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Organizations interested in learning more about biomedical music via MTGIC’s free concert or lecture series can contact Martha Summa-Chadwick at www.mtgic.org or at her personal website www.marthasumma.com.

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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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