TTU music faculty to bring the Roaring 20s to life

Posted by Lori Shull - Thursday, January 19 2012


Lovers of the Roaring 20s and fans of the hit PBS show “Downton Abbey” will hear the decade come to life at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Nine TTU music faculty members will perform William Walton’s “Façade: An Entertainment,” featuring 1920s fox-trots, tangos, polkas, waltzes, yodeling songs and lullabies.

The piece is considered one of the highlights of its generation. TTU voice professor Diane Pulte and Craig Zamer, director of choral activities, will perform humorous and satirical poems by Edith Sitwell set to popular music styles of the 1920s.

Joseph Hermann, TTU director of bands, will conduct flutist Roger Martin, clarinetist Wonkak Kim, saxophonist Phil Barham, trumpeter Charles Decker, cellist Dan Allcott and percussionist Eric Willie. All are members of TTU’s music faculty.

“It is a pleasure to share the stage with so many of my colleagues for the Cookeville premiere of this famous and truly entertaining work,” said Decker, who coordinated the performance. “It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.”

The concert is free and open to the public.