Joshua Hauser presents the ‘lyrical trombone’

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Joshua Hauser
Tennessee Tech University trombone Professor Joshua Hauser will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building, located on the TTU campus at 1150 N. Dixie Ave.

The program will feature works by Gustav Mahler, Gordon Jacob, John Stevens and Bruce Stark. Hauser will be joined by Paul Thurmond on piano.

The evening's concert will feature the lyrical side of both the tenor and bass trombones as well as the euphonium.

"When I was putting together the repertoire for the evening, I kept coming back to the concept of singing through the horn. The Gospel Song Fantasy by Bruce Stark was a fairly new piece to me, having originally been composed in 2004 for Megumi Kanda, principal trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony. It includes such great standards as Amen, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho, Amazing Grace, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. I have also been a great fan of the songs of Gustav Mahler and the Songs of a Wayfarer work particularly well on low brass instruments, so they were a natural companion," Hauser said.

Hauser studied euphonium with tubist and composer John Stevens as a high school student and this lead him to the very melancholy and beautiful Autumn for solo euphonium and piano.

"The word euphonium literally means beautiful sound and John writes such wonderful melodies that this was a great fit for the program, despite not being originally for voice," he said.

Gordon Jacob's Cameos for bass trombone fill out the program. These five short character pieces represent both the lyrical and comical side of the bass trombone and were originally written for wind ensemble accompaniment, but work equally well in a setting with piano.

"This should be a fun and varied performance that everyone will enjoy. We look forward to seeing you," Hauser said.