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Published: Wed Sep 1, 2010

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James Lotz
Tennessee Tech University's James Lotz presents his faculty bassoon recital at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9, in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. He will be joined by pianist Paul Thurmond and flutist Roger Martin.

Professor Lotz is starting his 21st year as a faculty member at TTU's music department. He is also a member of the Cumberland Quintet and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. He frequently performs with the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Opera Orchestra and is active in the commercial recording industry in Nashville.

The program will begin with the "Concerto in C," one of the best of the 40 bassoon concerti written by the Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi.

The next piece, "Children of the Starr's," is by an American composer, David VanVactor, who was a flutist in the Chicago Symphony for many years before coming to Knoxville in the 1940s to become the conductor of the Knoxville Symphony and the first chair of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville music department.

VanVactor was a very well know and prolific composer in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. This piece was originally written for Lotz's father-in-law William Starr, the

KSO's concertmaster and a good friend of Van Vactor. Each movement was written for a different Starr child. On this recital you will hear "Timothy," "Judith" and "Little Billy."

Also on the program is the "Sonatine" for flute and bassoon by French composer Pierre Gabaye.

Concluding the recital is the colorful "Hungarian Rondo" by the German composer Carl Maria von Weber.