Where can you hear a homage to the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry, Celtic-inspired music and lovely English songs, and Bach played on the marimba? At the Kaleidoscope Concert at UTC on March 4, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall.
Dr. Monte Coulter, professor of percussion, will perform the Gigue from Partita No. 1 by J. S. Bach on the marimba.
The UTC Flute Ensemble will offer some delightful Celtic-inspired music in “A Gaelic Offering.”
Later in the program, Dr. Ronda Benson Ford, instructor of Flute, will perform the Hommage à Tom and Jerry (as in the cartoon characters) for solo piccolo and flute.
Dr. Rebecca St. Goar, soprano, will be joined by oboist Linda Pennebaker in three songs by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. These lovely songs are settings of poems from the Songs of Innocence by William Blake.
Benjamin van Winkle, guest cellist, will be featured in A Map of Memory composed in 2011 by Dr. Jonathan McNair, who will also accompany on the piano.
Dr. Nikolasa Tejero, clarinetist, will team up with double bassist Dr. Eric Hanson for Benny’s Gig by American composer Morton Gould. This jazz-inspired music is a tribute to the great Benny Goodman.
Kelsey Huffman, a senior in the Piano Performance program at UTC, will play the evocative Reflets dans l’eau by Claude Debussy.
UTC’s Men’s Chorus, directed by Perry Ward, and the Women’s Chorale, directed by Dr. Rebecca Atkins, will then take the stage, along with the UTC Chamber Singers and Chattanooga Singers, directed by Dr. Kevin Ford.
The grand finale will include something you’ve likely never seen or heard: eight pianists playing at once on two pianos. Imagine, four pianists sitting side by side at one piano playing together. Now add a second piano with four more pianists playing it simultaneously, and you have the UTC Piano Ensemble performing the light-hearted romping Galop-Marche.
The Kaleidoscope Concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact visit the UTC Music Department website.