The group will perform a Carnival Procession from "Afro-Cuban Dances" by Ernesto Lecuona. Carnival is a festive time of year that occurs immediately before Lent. This "Afro-Cuban" style of procession begins with a faint, hypnotic rhythm that slowly builds into a haunting melody, transitions into a more heated rhythm and then fades as the procession passes.
The performances of "Suite of Old Lettish Dances" by Latvian composer Andrejs Jansons and three energetic Spanish Dances by Joaquin Rodrigo will also bring the stage alive with international music.
In addition, the quintet will present six Bagatelles by Romanian-born composer Gyorgy Ligeti. Ligeti composed a wide variety of music, but is best known for his compositions used in films, including "2001: A Space Odyssey," "The Shining" and "Eyes Wide Shut." The program will finish with a medley of songs from "Fiddler on the Roof."
"This concert is going to be fun," said Anne Thurmond, professor of music and the Quintet's clarinetist. "I'm really looking forward to performing the many dances, with their terrific rhythmic vitality — the Ligeti being one of my favorites to perform because many of the bagatelles are so raucous!"
The Cumberland Quintet was established in 1972 and has built a solid reputation for unique programming and fine musicianship. Although in residence at TTU, the group has toured extensively throughout the United States and in Europe, performing to a wide variety of audiences.
Current members of the ensemble are Roger Martin, flute; William Woodworth, oboe; Anne Thurmond, clarinet; James Lotz, bassoon; and Jeremy Hansen, horn.
The Cumberland Quintet serves on the faculty of the Southeast Chamber Music Institute and often presents special concerts and workshops for young audiences to introduce the instruments and provide advice for young musicians.
The ensemble has performed on live radio and television broadcasts, as well as performing as guest artists at music conventions for the College Music Society, the National Flute Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Their fourth CD, "Into the Blue," was released in 2006 by Albany Records.
This Center Stage event is free and open to the public. For more information about the concert, contact Thurmond at 931-372-6087.