Ever heard of crotales? No? Well, members of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Percussion Ensemble know what they are. Crotales are small, disc-shaped cymbals, each tuned to a different note, and their origins may date back to ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. During the Beat Hunger concert on Nov. 20 at UTC, three members of the Percussion Ensemble played the instruments for a piece titled “Shui.”
The UTC Percussion Ensemble annually hosts a concert/food drive on the Monday before Thanksgiving. This year’s Beat Hunger concert, taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 20) in the Fine Arts Center’s Roland Hayes Concert Hall, is partnering with Scrappy’s Cupboard to raise food for students on campus. Admission to the concert is two cans of non-perishable food items or any other donation to Scrappy’s Cupboard.
The Campus Composers Concert “will offer high-level performances by professional musicians on the UTC faculty and guest artists, along with some fine student performers,” said Dr. Jonathan McNair, Ruth S. Holmberg Professor of American Music at UTC.
Performed by the Percussion Ensemble, “Beat Hunger” is a concert to raise money for Chattanooga’s Community Kitchen, which helps feed and clothe the homeless as well as offering shelter and counseling.