Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble marks Oct. 31 with Tubaween concert

Halloween may bring to mind thoughts of candy corn, caramel apples and. . . tubas?

This year’s holiday will, anyway, when the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble presents a “Tubaween” concert at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The show, part of the 32nd annual Octubafest celebration, will honor the late Alfred H. Bartles, who taught cello and composition at TTU between 1973 and 1977, and Greg Danner, who currently teaches composition.

Two of Bartles’ most popular compositions for TTU’s tuba studio, composed about 30 years apart, will be performed at the show. Titled When Tubas Waltz and the New When Tubas Waltz, the works exhibit the “crossover” characteristics of much of Bartles’ music — jazz influences contained in a classically oriented composition.

“The remainder of the Tubaween program pays tribute to Dr. Danner, who over the past 10 years, has contributed a number of major compositions to the TTTE repertoire, including three compositions that have been recorded by the ensemble on their Grammy entry list recordings,” said R. Winston Morris, founder and director of the TTTE.

The final Danner composition to be performed is his 1996 BEAST!, which leads to the concluding work on the program — the famous orchestral composition by Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain.

Prior to the Tubaween program, at 7 p.m., four tuba and euphonium quartets will present a performance of chamber works. The varied program will range from Sousa marches to Dixieland to folk and contemporary compositions.

The end of the month doesn’t mean the end of Octubafest. Student tuba and euphonium recitals are also scheduled for Nov. 1, 8 and 9.

For more information about Octubafest, call TTU’s music and art department at 931/372-3161 or go online to the TTTE page at http://orgs.tntech.edu/tuba/index.html.

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