TTU arts roundup: CHS and TTU making sweet music together

TTU music faculty members Wei Tsun Chang, Dan Allcott and Craig Zamer will all participate in the fifth annual Tennessee Tech/Cookeville High School collaborative concert Tuesday night at Tech. Allcott and Zamer both will conduct the concert and Chang will perform as soloist in a violin concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The fifth annual Tennessee Tech/Cookeville High School collaborative concert will take place 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Tennessee Tech University's Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The concert will feature the Cookeville High School chorus under the direction of Michael Choate, the Tech Chorale under the direction of Craig Zamer and the University Orchestra under the direction of Dan Allcott, with violin soloist Wei Tsun Chang.

Each group will perform on its own in addition to a rousing finale with the combined choirs accompanied by the orchestra in a performance of Claudio Monteverdi's "Beatus Vir."

"This is a unique opportunity for my students to sing with older, more experienced singers and for their parents to hear them sing with a live orchestra," Choate said.

Zamer, who will conduct the final number, loves bringing diverse groups together for great music. On Sept. 17, he hosted more than 300 Middle Tennessee high school singers in the second annual Tech Festival of Voices.

Chang, who will be violin soloist in Bach's Concerto in E major for violin and string orchestra, is well-known to the community as concertmaster of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the Atlantic Ensemble, a chamber group that performs here frequently. Allcott is director of orchestras at Tech and conductor of Cookeville's Bryan Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Proceeds from the concert help fund educational and travel opportunities for Tech's choral and orchestral programs.

For more information, call 931-372-3650


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