Principal for Chicago Symphony Orchestra to give tuba recital, classes at TTU Sept. 6

A distinguished musician whose performances are heard in symphony halls and on the soundtracks for such movie blockbusters as "Jurassic Park" and "The Fugitive" will give a guest tuba recital at Tennessee Technological University Saturday, Sept. 6.

Gene Pokorny, principal tubist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will present a recital at 3 p.m. in Tennessee Tech's Wattenbarger Auditorium. Pianist Joy Rachor and tubist R. Winston Morris will join him in the program. From 10 a.m. to noon, Pokorny will give a lecture and masterclass at the same location. All events are free and open to everyone.

A native of Southern California, Pokorny has served as tubist in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 1988, Sir Georg Solti appointed him to the position of principal tubist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he continues today.

As an educator, Pokorny frequently gives clinics and masterclasses to musicians who focus on brass instruments. In addition he wrote a chapter on orchestral auditions and auditioning for The Tuba Source Book (1996), a masterwork of tuba material that was collected and edited by Morris, the founder and longtime director of the pioneering Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble.

Pokorny's performance has another tie to Morris. One of the works to be performed is the world premiere of "Three Ludes for Tuba," which was written by Tennessee Tech composer Robert Jager under commission by students, alumni and friends of Morris on the occasion of his 30th anniversary as professor of tuba at Tennessee Tech. University student musicians Ben Keen, Ashley Sample, Sean Mays and Andrew Lynn will assist Pokorny in the tribute.

Other works to be performed include a capriccio for tuba and tape by William Penn, a sonata for two tubas and keyboard by Arcangelo Corelli arranged by Morris and selections by Faye-Ellen Silverman and John Williams.

For more information, contact Tennessee Tech's Department of Music and Art at 615/372-3168