Joshua Hauser on trombone and moreTennessee Tech University trombone professor Joshua Hauser will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building, located on the Tennessee Tech campus at 1150 N. Dixie Avenue.
The program will feature works by Vincent Persichetti, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Raymond Premru, Joshua Hauser, Jimmie Lunceford, Michael Davis, and David William Brubeck.
Hauser will be joined by Paul Thurmond on piano, Chris McCormick on trumpet, Dan Allcott on cello, Idalynn Besser on viola, Roger Martin on flute, William Woodworth on oboe, Anne Thurmond on clarinet, James Lotz on bassoon, and Eric Willie on congas.
The evening's concert will feature the trombone in chamber settings ranging from duets with piano, trumpet and congas, to a trio for trombone, viola and cello and a Concertino for trombone and woodwind quartet.
"Every summer we host the Southeast Chamber Music Festival here at the TTU Department of Music and Art and I thought this program would be a good chance to showcase some less traditional chamber music combinations," Hauser said. "I recently performed several works for trombone ensemble by my former teacher, Ray Premru, and was reminded of his wonderful Concertino. With the great Cumberland Quintet in residence, it only seemed natural to ask them to join me.
"Once that work was in place I began to look through my chamber music files for other pieces that might fit the program. Vincent Persichetti's Serenade for Trombone, Viola and Cello is an interesting set of seven character pieces that share a common harmonic and rhythmic language with Premru's music. I'll also be performing a set of jazz influenced duets with Chris McCormick and a work for bass trombone and congas with Eric Willie."
One of the works on this program is in the more normal setting of soloist with piano accompaniment.
"The Pergolesi Sinfonia in F Major is originally for cello and continuo and the final movement served as the inspiration for the trombone solo movement in Stravinsky's Pulcinella. Although this piece doesn't strictly follow the concept of the rest of the program, I thought it would be interesting to show the original inspiration for this piece in advance of our performance with the Bryan Symphony on Feb. 13," Hauser said.