Kandinsky Trio and master storyteller come to TTU March 28

The spirit of Appalachia comes to Tennessee Tech University on March 28 when an award-winning trio and a master storyteller take the stage to bring together the world of music and words.

Center Stage and Baylin Artist Management present the Kandinsky Trio together with master storyteller Connie Regan-Blake performing Mike Reid's "Tales of Appalachia" on Wednesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. in the Bryan Fine Arts Building at Tennessee Tech.

"Tales of Appalachia" is a new combination of storytelling and chamber music that celebrates the "universal connection between music and stories in a region rich with both art forms."

The award winning Kandinsky Trio has appeared on radio, television and in recital across North America. It is one of only five piano trios to win the Chamber Music America Residency Award, and has collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists such as soprano Dawn Upshaw (who is from Nashville), bassist James VanDemark, composer Gunther Schuller and the Cavani Quartet.

The Trio's performances have received airtime on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, NPR's Performance Today and Minnesota Public Radio, and their performances have also been heard at Interlochen, Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music and TPAC. They have had numerous residencies at many universities, as well, and are currently in residence at Roanoke College in Virginia, presenting a series of sold-out concerts.

Connie Regan-Blake's storytelling performance experience ranges worldwide and has appealed to both school children and concert goers. She has been featured on five award-winning recordings and two PBS videos. Her critics have included magazines such as Southern Living, School Library Journal, and New Age Magazine, as well as the stations NPR and CNN.

Through her storytelling, thousands have fallen in love with tales of the Appalachia and its denizens. She has appeared at numerous folk festivals in North Carolina, Chicago, Philadelphia, Edmonton, Vancouver, Piccolo Spoleto, and the Smithsonian. She is a founding member of NAPPS (the national storytelling association) and is recognized as a pioneer in bringing storytelling to a national audience.

Besides being a well-known American composer, Mike Reid is a former all-pro football star and a two-time Grammy Award winner. He has composed a song cycle titled "Quilts" for the Tennessee Dance Theatre and wrote a musical, "House Divided," that opened at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to "enthusiastic audiences" in 1994. He has also composed for Opera Memphis, the Met, and the Tennessee Bicentennial.