The UTC Department of Music offers a Faculty Chamber Concert, a Jazz Band performance and “Catch the Groove” with the Percussion Ensemble:
UTC Faculty Chamber Concert
On Monday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. the UTC Music Department will present a program of chamber music performed by members of the Music Department Faculty. The performance will be held in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center, (corner of Palmetto and Vine St.) The concert is free and open to the public.
The program includes 20th century French composer Darius Milhaud’s “Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano,” performed by violinist Don Zimmer, clarinetist Nikolasa Tejero, and pianist Sin-Hsing Tsai. Ms. Tejero also joins flutist Julie Hobbs and pianist Tim Hinck for American composer Alec Wilder’s “Suite for Flute, Clarinet and Piano.” Also pianist David Walters, bassist Kathryn Kovanen, and percussionist Monte Coulter will join pianist Sin-Hsing Tsai for the contemporary French composer Claude Boling’s “Suite for Two Pianos, No. 2”.
For further information contact the UTC Music Dept. Office, 423-425-4601.
UTC Jazz Band presents “Mostly Mingus”
Under the direction of Dr. Erika Schafer, the UTC Jazz Band will present “Mostly Mingus” at the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center on Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. The music of Charles Mingus, a bassist and composer known for exploring and pushing the boundaries of jazz, will be featured. This concert is free and open to the public.
He explored the styles of hard bop, gospel, free jazz, straight-ahead jazz, and Latin in his music. He was also an activist for racial equality.
Additionally, the concert will feature the music of Duke Ellington. Dizzy Gillespie once called Mingus a “young Duke” because of his similarities with Ellington. Both had a fierce compositional and recording pace. Both used variations in timbre and tonality as compositional techniques. And both composed music that was tailored to the characteristics of the musicians in their respective groups. Ellington is seen by many as the greatest American composer.
Schafer is UTC’s newly appointed Assistant Director of Bands and Trumpet Instructor. Prior to her position at UTC, she was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. where she was a featured soloist and also performed with several chamber ensembles including the Brass Quartet and the Joint Services Brass Quintet.
She was an active performer in other groups in the D.C. area including the McLean Symphony Orchestra and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra among others. Schafer has previously taught at George Mason University and Catholic University, and she was the brass instructor at South County Secondary School and Edison High School, both in Virginia.
For further information contact the UTC Music Dept. Office, 423-425-4601 or visit http://www.utc.edu/music.
Percussion Ensemble presents “Catch the Groove”
Monday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., the UTC Music Department presents the annual “Catch the Groove” concert by the UTC Percussion Ensemble at the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center, directed by Dr. Monte Coulter. The concert is open to the general public and free of charge.
Students in the UTC Percussion Ensemble play many types of percussion instruments from all over the world.
Dr. Monte Coulter, the group’s director, says the “‘Catch the Groove’ percussion concert will feature some of the most difficult and exciting music for percussion ensemble that I know of. Instruments will range from the African bull-roarers and afuches to anvils, tin cans, and whips.”
Joining the Percussion Ensemble on this concert will be the Chattanooga Boys Choir Cantabile Choir, directed by Vincent Oaks. The Cantabile Choir is composed of Chattanooga Boys Choir alumni whose voices have changed.
Works to be performed include David Gillingham’s “Stained Glass” – a piece inspired by the beauty and color of stained glass, Lynn Glasscock’s “Dragoon” – a bombastic piece for the full ensemble, Ford’s “Stubernic” – a piece for three players at one Marimba, Burritt’s “Doomsday Machine” – named after an episode of Star Trek!, Green’s “Fluffy Ruffles” – a piece for solo xylophone with a quartet of percussion accompanists, and for a closer, Udow’s “African Welcome Piece” – based on traditional Ghanian dance rhythms and song styles this piece employs the Choir and six African bull roarers.
The UTC Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dr. Monte Coulter. For further information contact the UTC Music Department at 423-425-4601 or visit our website at http://www.utc.edu/music.