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Guest recital combines piano, tuba

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Alex Lapins will perform Oct. 3 at Tennessee Tech.

A guest tuba and piano recital will feature Alex Lapins and Eileen Downey in Tennessee Tech’s Wattenbarger Auditorium Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Lapins teaches applied tuba and euphonium, chamber music and performs with the faculty brass quintet at the University of Tennessee School of Music. During the summer he serves as an instructor at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Miraphone Academy. Lapins has also taught at Northern Arizona University, the University of Indianapolis, Indiana State University, Indiana University, the University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, and French Woods Fine Arts Camp.

He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras, concert bands, and chamber groups. He has performed throughout the United States, China, South America, and Europe. A diverse performer, Lapins is the only tubist to have won fellowships at both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Henry Mancini Institute.

Downey is currently lecturer of piano at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she is a vocal coach and collaborative pianist, as well as a rehearsal pianist for Knoxville Opera.  She was previously a member of the adjunct faculty at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a frequent collaborator with the Texas Christian University School of Music.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Wattenbarger Auditorium is located in the Bryan Fine Arts Building at 1150 N. Dixie Ave.