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thumb Malibu_Chamber_OrchestraThe humorous and lyrical melodies of Southern poetry will serve as inspiration of the California-based Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra’s Sept. 16 concert at Tennessee Tech University.

The orchestra will perform a variety of original compositions by its violinist Maria Newman, daughter of nine-time Academy Award winning composer Alfred Newman and granddaughter of Louise Moss Montgomery, Mississippi’s poet laureate from 1973-78.

“I heard a performance of one of the pieces for this concert at a National Flute Association convention and found both the composition and performing styles packed with energy,” said TTU flute professor Roger Martin, who is responsible for bringing the group to campus. “I believe we can count on an exciting evening with these fine musicians.”

The performance will include a showing of a 1930s silent picture of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” during which the group will play Alfred Newman’s original accompanying score.

Newman has been a featured concert composer and soloist around the country, from the Capitol building and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to Warner Bros. and MGM studios. More than 90 organizations and artists around the world regularly perform her compositions. She has been the composer in residence with the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra since 2005.

Violist Scott Hosfeld, mezzo-soprano Diana Tash and flutist Hal Ott will join Newman on the stage of TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

Hosfeld, conductor and music director of the group, has been the principal conductor for six orchestral groups and faculty member or artist in residence at eight universities. He was the founding executive and artistic director of the Icicle Creek Music Center in Washington state and was responsible for transforming the center from an annual festival to a 15-building music and arts center on nine acres of land.

Ott is a flute professor at Central Washington University and the chamber orchestra’s principal flutist. One of his CDs, “Maria Newman Chamber Works,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2010.

Tash has performed as both a soprano and mezzo-soprano. Over the years, she has appeared in operas including “Carmen,” “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Magic Flute.” She has received rave reviews from The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

Pianist Polly Brecht, an organist and music associate at Nashville’s Westminster Presbyterian Church, will accompany the group during the performance. An active performer and accompanist, she has been associated with Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music since 1996.

Sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage, the concert is free and open to the public. Wattenbarger Auditorium is in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave., on campus.