Arts roundup: Guitarist T.G. Engel in guest performance

thumb_TGEngelGuitarist T.G. Engel Noted Nashville-based guitarist T.G. Engel presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Tennessee Tech University's Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

In the 1960s, Engel played with the rock band The Wild Kingdom, which opened for such groups as The Grateful Dead. Engel will be assisted in his performance at TTU by music professor Roger Martin on flute.

The evening's program features pieces played on both electric and classical guitar. Among pieces on the program are "Grand Overture" by Giuliani (1781-1829), "Malaguena" by Lecuona (1895-1963), three original works by Engel (based on country/western style), and "History of the Tango" by Piazzolla (1921-1992) with Martin on flute.

Engel made his living as a professional guitar player in Nashville from 1968-1985. After attending music classes at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and The University of Southern California, he earned a scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he graduated with honors in 1990. He also earned a scholarship to Indiana University in Bloomington, where he earned a master's degree and doctorate in music. He has taught at Vanderbilt, Millikin University, Columbia State Community College and Paichai University in Daejeon, Korea. He is currently an assistant professor at Martin Methodist College.

In 1968 Engel played in the rock band The Wild Kingdom, which backed up singer Keith. The Wild Kingdom also was the opening act for such groups as The Grateful Dead. In the early 1970s, Engel played guitar in the band of noted folk singer Odetta, then returned to Nashville to play in the recording studios with Kenny Rogers and others. Engel was Roger's guitar player for two years, performing on several of the singer's hit records.

In 2010, Engel played concerts in Korea, Japan, China and Montana. He resides in Pulaski, Tenn.

TTU Arts Roundup:

Appalachian Center for Craft

"Surface and Repurpose," salvaged materials artist Chris Bowman's exhibit, continues at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Gallery Two, through Nov. 3.

Joan Derryberry Art Gallery

Fiber artist Clare Murray Adams' exhibit, a Center Stage Event, will be on display through Oct. 29, with a reception scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.

TTU Music

TTU Young Artist Piano Competition, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, October 9, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Bryan Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, Wattenbarger Auditorium. With guest soloist Steven Vanhauwaert, piano.

Studio Voice Recital, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Jazz Ensembles concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12. The Trouveres and Troubadours are directed by Chris McCormick. The jazz bands will swing, rock and Latin music.

Wind Ensemble Concert, conducted by Joseph Hermann, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Cypress String Quartet, a Center Stage Event, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Kayla Davis' senior clarinet recital, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Lindsay Waller student clarinet recital, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Mary Bastin's senior voice recital, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Jillian Storey's junior flute recital, 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*Nick Waycaster, euphonium, and Alex Hill, tuba, in student recital, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*Derek Cunningham, student tuba recital, 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Mary Bastin, senior voice recital, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Jillian Storey, junior flute recital, 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*James Baggett, Travis Jackson and Caleb Matthews in student tuba recital, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*James Baggett, Travis Jackson and Caleb Matthews in student tuba recital, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

University Orchestra Concert, conducted by Dan Allcott, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, R. Winston Morris, director, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Choir Concert, Craig Zamer, director, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*Honors Trio, Euphonium Choir, Freshman Tuba Ensemble recital, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*Tuphonium Quartet student recital, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*Adam Goad, guest euphonium recital, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*Kenji Kabe, junior tuba recital, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*TUBA Four and Tuphonium Quartets, student recital, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*EUBA Quartet, student recital, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*Briana Engelbert, euphonium, and Preston Light, tuba, student recital, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*Kyle Newland, senior tuba recital, 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, Wattenbarger Auditorium.

*Part of Octubafest, 2010.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located six miles off Highway 56 (Interstate 40, Exit 273) near Smithville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Joan Derryberry Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Backdoor Playhouse is located in Jere Whitson Memorial Building. For more information, call 931-372-6595. Unless noted otherwise, all concerts are free and take place in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The concert schedule is subject to change. For more information, call 931-372-3161.