TTU kicks off 2011-12 concert season with world premiere by Nashville composer

Posted by Lori Shull - Thursday, August 25 2011
lshull@tntech.edu

The 2011-12 concert season at Tennessee Tech University will get its start with the world premiere of a piece by Leigh Baxter, who is originally from Nashville, at a faculty woodwind performance. 

Roger Martin, flute professor, will play four pieces, assisted by pianist Joy Rachor, oboe professor William Woodworth, bassoon professor James Lotz and Keith Nicholas, cellist with the Nashville Symphony.

The program will begin with “Trio Sonata in F Major,” by French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Loeillet. Martin will be joined by Rachor on harpsicord as well as Woodworth and Lotz.

 The premiere of “Sonata for Flute and Piano in C Major,” by Baxter, will follow. Baxter is the assistant registrar at John Tyler Community College in Virginia.

“Leigh and I have been friends since we were undergrads at Virginia Commonwealth University,” Martin said. “I am thrilled to be performing this fresh and buoyant piece, the second movement of which is inspired by the myth of Taurus and Europa.”

Third on the program is the neoclassical “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942).

 Nicholas, Martin and Rachor will play the final work, “Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano,” by another Czech composer, Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). Those familiar with Martinu will recognize the familiar elements of folk-like melody and driving rhythm in the piece.

 The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building and is free and open to the public.

 

 

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