From TTU to Carnegie Hall: A busy season ahead for tuba ensemble

Posted by Lori Shull - Tuesday, October 15 2013
lshull@tntech.edu

 

thumb TTTE13-14_6MG1Tennessee Tech University’s tuba ensemble will host, or perform, nearly 20 concerts in two weeks during its 38th annual Octubafest series.

But that is hardly the end of their efforts.

From TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium, the student performers will get on the road for performances at Nashville’s Gaylord Convention Center Oct. 28, in the nation’s capital at the U.S. Army Band’s tuba workshop and at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference at Indiana University.

In the midst of all that, they will return to New York City’s Carnegie Hall for their eighth performance in the hallowed venue.

Closer to home, students, faculty and retired faculty members will give a series of solo and ensemble concerts highlighting the tuba and euphonium, a tenor tuba slightly smaller than the more common variety. For a complete schedule of concerts, visit www.tntech.edu/music.

The celebrations final two concerts will be Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. The first, Chamber Music for Tubas, will include several student chamber groups featuring tuba and euphonium, including the Tuphonium quartet, which won the Southeast Regional Tuba Conference chamber music competition last year. Former TTU music department faculty and chairman Marvin Lamb will return to campus to premiere his “American Sketches” for brass trio. It begins at 7 p.m.

Lamb will return to the stage Oct. 31 for a 7:30 p.m. revival of his piece “Heavy Metal,” composed at TTU 30 years ago for the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. The concert will include other compositions and performances by tuba ensemble alumni, including Kenyon Wilson, professor of low brass at The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, who will premiere a piece written for the TTU tuba ensemble.

This year’s celebration will end with a performance by the tuba ensemble, directed by TTU tuba professor and ensemble founder R. Winston Morris. Morris founded the ensemble, which has been described as “one of the most successful collegiate ensembles in history,” in 1967.

All concerts are free and open to the public. Wattenbarger Auditorium is in TTU’s Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave.