Cumberland Quintet concert on Oct. 1 highlights Appalachian folk, blues and bluegrass music styles

Tennessee Tech University’s Cumberland Quintet begins its 31st season with a concert highlighting Appalachian folk, blues and bluegrass music at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The show will feature the world premiere performance of TTU composer Greg Danner’s latest piece, “Into the Blue.”

A tribute to some of the artists who helped shape that early style, “Into the Blue” is a blend of Appalachian folk song, negro spirituals, work songs and the blues. Among the artists the composition borrows from are Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, the Carter family, Bill Monroe, Uncle Dave Macon, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

A sextet featuring TTU’s new saxophone instructor, Phillip Barham, will also be presented, and other pieces included in the show will be a reed trio by Jacques Ibert, “Sinfonia Da Camera” by Pierre Max Dubois and “Folksong” by Sweelinck.

“This program will have something for everyone,” said William Woodworth, coordinator of the Cumberland Quintet.

The Quintet, established in 1972, have performed on live radio and television broadcasts and as guest artists at College Music Society, Tennessee Music Educators Association, National Flute Association and Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic conventions.

Members of the Cumberland Quintet are Roger Martin, flute; William Woodworth, oboe; Anne Thurmond, clarinet; James Lotz, bassoon; and Greg Danner, horn.
The concert is free and open to the public.


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