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Tennessee Tech University’s Cumberland Quintet faculty ensemble sure knows how to close the academic year with a bang.

The group will present its final concert of the spring semester at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of TTU’s Bryan Fine Arts Building, and it will follow the show with a live radio performance in April.

Works that will be included in the TTU concert are “La Comparsa, Carnival Procession” by Ernesto Lecuona, “String Quartet in E Minor” by Beethoven, arranged by TTU’s Arthur LaBar and “Opus Number Zoo” by Luciano Berio. The show is free and open to the public.

“’Opus Number Zoo’ holds a unique place in the woodwind quintet repertoire,” Coordinator William Woodworth said.

That’s because each movement of the piece centers on an animal whose varying characteristics are portrayed by the instrumental sounds, requiring the players to be both instrumentalists and narrators as the story behind each movement unfolds.

The Quintet will be a featured artist on WPLN Nashville Public Radio’s “Live in Studio C” at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 6. The station’s frequency is 90.3 FM and 1430 AM.

The program for that show includes “Presto” by Haydn, “Three Bagatelles” by Ligeti “Ugros from Ancient Hungarian Dances” by Farkas and “Into the Blue,” a tribute to Appalachian folk songs, negro spirituals, work songs and the blues by TTU’s own Greg Danner.

The Quintet, established in 1972, have performed on other live radio and television broadcasts and as guest artists at conventions such as the College Music Society, Tennessee Music Educators Association, National Flute Association and Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Members of the Cumberland Quintet are Roger Martin, flute; William Woodworth, oboe; Anne Thurmond, clarinet; James Lotz, bassoon; and Greg Danner, horn.