<If the leaves are falling, it must been Octubafest time at Tennessee Tech University.>
The 34th annual TTU Octubafest celebration, a series of 11 concerts presented by the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, continues 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with guest performers at the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.
Artists Gail Robertson, euphonium soloist from the University of Central Florida, and Stacy Baker, tuba soloist from Morehead State University, recently joined forces and established the first professional euphonium/tuba duet. The release of their debut CD recording, “SYMBIOSIS DUO,” coincides with their Tennessee Tech appearance. The duo will be accompanied by Alex Thio, professional pianist from Cincinnati, and Deborah Eastwood, professor of trumpet at Morehead.
“Gail Robertson has visited TTU a number of times over the past 10 or more years, and it is always a treat to have her return. Miss Robertson is one of the finest euphonium artists in the United States. She performed at Disney World with the famous ‘Tubadours’ for many years before dedicating herself to university teaching and solo performance,” said R. Winston Morris, founder and director of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble.
Baker holds a doctorate in tuba performance from the University of Illinois and undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.
“To have these two world-class artists on the stage at TTU at the same time is a treat to behold,” said Morris.
A performance by the full Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, and it will feature the Freshmen Tuba Ensemble and a rollicking performance by the Oom Pah-Pah Mow Mows, a four-piece German “oom-pah” band featuring TTU tuba performance major Cory Allen of Colp, Ill.
Other Octubafest events include:
• Two recitals featuring various tuba/euphonium soloists and chamber groups are scheduled for 7 pm and 8:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 30.
• Three programs scheduled for Nov. 1. At 3 p.m. Cory Allen will present a tuba performance recital. At 4:30 p.m. tubists Patrick Curry, Matt McMillan and Jayna Yates will present a tuba recital. And, at 7 p.m. various soloists and chamber groups will present a program.
• Senior tuba performance major from Columbia, Tenn., Kyle Newland, will present his recital on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
• A tuba recital by Kenji Kabe and Daniel Smith will be presented at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2.