Brass Arts Quintet presents multimedia Titanic concert

Tennessee Tech University’s Brass Arts Quintet is gearing up for a performance of titanic proportions.

The faculty ensemble will present a multimedia concert featuring music from the fateful 1912 maiden voyage of the legendary ocean liner Titanic at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

Free and open to the public, the program will follow the history of the ocean liner from its construction to its sinking and will be narrated by Rick Woods, director of Cookeville’s Leisure Services Department and well-known local musician and performer.

"This program should appeal to history buffs of the Titanic — the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean liner of its day — and music lovers who enjoy a wide variety of styles, from contemporary film music to turn-of-the-century ragtime and early jazz," said Charles Decker, quintet coordinator.

"This historic event has captured the imaginations of millions for almost a century, and we are excited to present (this program)," he continued.

The concert will begin with original music composed by James Horner for the 1998 film, "Titanic: Ship of Dreams."

It will continue with music actually performed on the ship, ranging from Puccini’s "La Boheme" to Irving Berlin’s "Alexander’s Ragtime Band" and will include early jazz and other popular music of the day.

Simultaneous with the music, a multimedia program will present photographs of the ship and many of its passengers to help enhance the audience’s experience of returning in time to April 1912, Decker said.

Members of the Brass Arts Quintet are TTU brass faculty Decker and Chris McCormick, trumpets; Greg Danner, horn; Joshua Hauser, trombone; and R. Winston Morris, tuba.

Copies of the quintet’s newest recording, "Shazam!" from Mark Records of Buffalo, N.Y., will be available for purchase at the concert.

For more information about the concert, call TTU’s Music and Art Department at 931/372-3161.