Composer Paul Basler, poet and artist Gabrial Navar featured in Nov. 5,6 concerts at TTU

Two concerts featuring works by composer Paul Basler are set for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 5 and 6, at the Wattenbarger Auditorium in Tennessee Tech University’s Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The Monday show will specifically feature the composer’s choral music, and the Tuesday show will feature his instrumental works.

At the Monday show, set for 7:30 p.m., the Tech Chorale will present the premiere of Basler’s new composition titled “Embrace Creation.”

Commissioned for the choir and also involving the Cumberland Quintet, the multimedia performance of the piece will include poetry and artwork by Gabrial Navar, who is expected to be in attendance.

“The piece utilizes the poetry of Navar, and [he has created] artwork that relates to each of the four poems in the piece,” said Craig Zamer, director of choirs at TTU. “It’s our plan to project the art above the choir during the performance of this work as an enhancement of the experience.”

The concert will feature three other choral works by Basler — including “Adorable Flujo” that utilizes Navar’s poetry — and the composer, who is also expected to be in attendance, will offer introductory comments and will accompany the choir on horn for each of the pieces.

The Tuesday concert, also set for 7:30 p.m., will feature Basler’s instrumental compositions and will be presented by the university orchestra, wind ensemble, trumpet ensemble, horn choir and the Brass Arts Quintet.

Basler is professor of music at the University of Florida, where he teaches horn and composition.

The New York Times describes his music as “virtuosic and athletic.”

One of the most performed composers of his generation, Basler is the recipient of several National Endowment for the Arts composer grants, and his works have been performed at such renowned venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

For more information about the shows, both Center Stage events that are free and open to the public, call TTU’s music and art department at 931/372-3161.

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