Tennessee Tech University trumpet professor Charles Decker presents a free recital on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the Tech campus.
The recital celebrates the art of trumpet playing with the fourth of seven programs in the year-long TTU Trumpet Festival series that features faculty, alumni and students in solo and ensemble performances.
Joining Decker is pianist Joy Rachor, music director at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Cookeville, former U.S. Navy Band of Washington, D.C., member trumpet alumnus Erich Zimmerman, and Alais saxophone quartet from the studio of professor Phil Barham.
The program showcases music by Russian, European and American composers from the baroque, romantic and contemporary eras. Zimmerman and Decker will perform three works including a sonata for two trumpets by Italian 17th century composer Petronio Franceschini.
Decker and Rachor are featured in two virtuosic works, "Concerto" by the Russian composer Oskar Boehme and the cornet showpiece "La Mandolinata" by Hermann Bellstedt, soloist with the legendary Sousa Band.
To conclude the program Decker joins Alais Saxophone Quartet from the studio of Tech saxophone professor Phillip Barham to perform "Le Gay Paris" by French composer Jean Francaix. Alais Quartet members are Emily Loboda, soprano saxophone; Ben Bjork, alto saxophone; Annie Short, tenor saxophone; and Tyler Dugger, baritione saxophone.
"It is a pleasure to share the stage with so many fine musicians to perform such a variety of music," said Decker. "A special treat to conclude the program is my arrangement for solo trumpet and saxophone quartet of an entertaining French work in a popular style that is brilliantly played by four very accomplished student saxophonists."
For more information, call the TTU Department of Music and Art at 372-3161.