Three music department events include vocal and clarinet performances.
The UTC Chattanooga Singers and Chamber Singers, Dr. Kevin Ford, Director, will perform with two new Hamilton County High School choruses for a concert on Thursday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. This free concert will be in Roland Hayes Concert Hall in the UTC Fine Arts Center, corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets.
The UTC concert will feature guests from the Varsity Chorus of East Hamilton High School directed by Cynda Holmes and the Signal Mountain High School Chorus directed by Jan Johnson. UTC graduate conducting students Justin Hipp and Gerald Peel will serve as assistant conductors, Johan Sentana will accompany the Chamber Singers and both high school choruses and Eshton Anderson will accompany the UTC Chattanooga Singers. Both Sentana and Anderson are graduate piano majors at UTC. Each chorus will perform a few pieces by themselves and then they will combine for the final two pieces: “Hine Ma Tov” and “River in Judea.”
For more information on this event please call the UTC Choral Music Office at 423-425-4612. For information about other UTC Music Dept. Offerings please call the UTC Music Office at 423-425-4601 or visit http://utc.edu/music.
“Chamber Singers Celebrate Choral Traditions” featuring the UTC Chamber Singers , Kevin Ford, Director, will be held on Friday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.
A guest artist concert will feature Dr. Jun Qian, Clarinet, on Saturday, October 16, 8 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Qian’s program for the evening will include “A Set for Clarinet” by Donald Martino, “Fantasia da Concerto” by Donatao Levreglio, “Première Rhapsodie” by Claude Debussy, and “Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano” by Joseph Horovitz. Qian will be accompanied in the recital by Tim Hinck.
Martino’s “A Set for Clarinet,” written in 1954 and revised in 1974, is dedicated to Arthur Bloom (an early member of the Dorian Wind Quintet). The three movements that make up the set are a study in contrasts of register and dynamics. The Donatao Lovreglio “Concert Fantasy on themes from Verdi’s La Traviata” comes from a time when Italian Operas were at an all-time high but performances were few and far between. In the absence of the gramophone or radio, composers found great success with concert transcriptions of famous tunes from operas. Debussy’s “Première Rhapsody” was written as an exam piece for the clarinets at the Paris Conservatory in 1909 and was first played in the exams on July 14, 1910. The Horovitz “Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano” was composed in 1981. Commissioned by Gervase de Peyer and Gwenneth Pryor, it is a light-hearted traditional sonatina in classical form. The work is tonal despite its recent composition date, and is very much influenced by jazz and popular music.
Qian is Assistant Professor of Music in Clarinet and Chamber Music at St. Olaf College. He has also taught music theory at Eastman, chamber music at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), and performed as principal clarinetist of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997, Qian won first prize in the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestral Excerpts Competition, as well as third prize in the organization’s Young Artist Solo Competition (he is the first artist in the history of the ICA to win both competitions in the same year). He has presented numerous master classes and appeared as recital /concerto soloist in many major cities around world. He has introduced many western clarinet concertos to Chinese audiences (heard for the first time in their full orchestral versions), including Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the Shanghai Symphony (2003). His CD, Premiere Rhapsodie, and video, Playing the Clarinet—released in 1998 under the Nanjing Shine Horn label in China—have become two of the most popular clarinet playing and teaching materials on the Asian market.
For more information regarding UTC music dept. events, please phone the music office at 423-425-4601.