Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble to present spring concert April 24

Posted by Lori Shull - Monday, April 15 2013


thumb TTTE_2013_high_resolutionThe Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble will perform what may be the most difficult program in its 46-year history this spring.

Tennessee Tech University’s internationally known ensemble will perform pieces originally compiled 20 years ago by tuba professor R. Winston Morris for the top 20 tuba and euphonium performers in the country. On April 24, the all-student ensemble will revive the pieces.

“We are very fortunate this year to have one of the strongest groups that we’ve had in a number of years,” Morris said. “They needed the challenge of performing music of the highest caliber possible.”

The concert will include several pieces arranged by TTU alumni and Morris, beginning with Morris’ arrangement of a choral piece, “Ubi Caritas,” and a brass piece, “Dance,” by Wilke Renwick and transcribed by TTU alumnus Kenyon Wilson, who is a tuba professor at The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

Other pieces with a TTU connection on the program are “Festive Overture,” composed by Dmitri Shostakovich and transcribed by TTU alumnus and former ensemble member Jon Oliver, the Latin-influenced “Seguidillas: Repetitions and Ostinatos for Tuba Ensemble,” composed by TTU alumnus Aldo Rafael Forte and “Giocoso from Euphonium Concerto” by Vladimir Cosma, arranged by TTU alumnus and tuba professor at the University of Nebraska, Seth Fletcher.

The concert will feature solos by several members of the ensemble, which is the most recorded group of its kind with 26 recordings spanning more than 30 years. Over the years, the group has performed seven times at Carnegie Hall and other high-profile venues around the country.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the TTU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Bryan Fine Arts Building is at 1150 N. Dixie Ave. in Cookeville.