This February, The UTC Department of Music is offering flute recitals, symphony music, and classical music performances.
The UTC Symphony will host three contemporary classical composers on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall in the UTC Fine Arts Center. The evening is in celebration of the inventive character of American classical music and features two premier pieces written for UTC performers and a piece by one of UTC’s own composers. The program is free and open to the public.
In his premier piece “Clarinet Concerto,” renowned Hampton University composer, Harvey J. Stokes rewrote a special oboe work which travels a postmodern journey from a mysterious opening through to a lilting festive dance. Stokes graciously dedicated it to his admired collaborator, concert soloist and member of the trio Tresillo, UTC’s professor of clarinet Nikolasa Tejero.
Award winning composer Gary Nash from Fisk University in Nashville will present his lively and moving “Nairobian Fantasy” for orchestra. Nash’s up tempo and energetic piece was inspired by the sounds of continental Africa and Christian Spirituals.
UTC’s own celebrated composer, recording artist and author Mario Abril will present a musical illustration of a personal journey which was performed by the Atlanta Symphony and nationally broadcast on public radio’s “Performance Today”. Abril’s piece “Migrations” will be joined in performance with a companion essay by local poet Lin C. Parker and narrated by UTC’s vocal and choral conducting professor Roland Carter.
A faculty flute recital by Nora Kile, UTC Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Music, will be presented on February 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the UTC Cadek Recital Hall. The concert is presented free of charge and is open to the public.
Kile has been playing the flute since 1959. She is the flutist for the New Art Trio, and second flute with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra. She has been on the faculty of Cadek Conservatory of Music since 1974, and is on the adjunct faculty for the UTC music department, Bryan College, and Southern Adventist University.
“It gives me great pleasure to make music, especially the timeless music of the classical masters. It never ceases to get old,” Kile said. “I continue to attend flute conventions and master classes, because I am a firm believer in the saying that you are never too old to learn.”
For this performance, she will be joined by Dr. J. Bruce Ashton, professor emeritus of music at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, on piano for both performances. Kile and Ashton have collaborated on concerts in Ohio and North Carolina in addition to their many local performances. These programs will feature music from several of her past concerts, including music for alto and bass flute, and works by Handel, Hindemith, Haydn, McMichael, and Borne.
UTC will welcome Sooyoung Yoon, violinist, and EunSook Lee, pianist, to the Roland Hayes Concert Hall in the UTC Fine Arts Center for a concert containing the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and Henri Wieniawski on February 13 at 5 p.m. This event is free and is open to the public.
Sooyoung Yoon is a professor of violin at the Kyungpook National University, in Daegu, South Korea. Yoon has also served as the concertmaster of the K.B.S. Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea, and as soloist and concertmaster in many other orchestras throughout Korea and Asia. Mr. Yoon continues to be an active soloist and recitalist, and enjoys giving master classes and teaching his own students. EunSook Lee is also a professor of music at Kyungpook National University, where she teaches piano. Lee has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Korea, the United States, Germany, and Japan.