UTC Music Department Has Piano Recital Nov. 8

Monday, October 29, 2012

The UTC Music Department will present the students of Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai in a Piano Studio Recital on Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall, 752 Vine St. It is presented free of charge and is open to the general public. 

Amongst the compositions being performed in this recital will be renowned composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Arensky, and Ravel.   The evening’s performances will be comprised of piano compositions that are written for two, four and eight hands. The students performing are all either winners or runner-ups of various music competitions, as well as recipients of numerous awards, so this recital will showcase an evening of musical ability.

Of the most noteworthy of the evening’s performances are Francois-Adrien Boieldieu’s “Der Kalif von Bagdad” and Aram Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance” which are both composed for two pianos and eight hands, a rare form of piano quartet. This type of ensemble was popular in the late 19th century before the advent of recordings, as it was a mechanism to reproduce and study symphonic works. “Der Kalif von Bagdad” is an opera comique in one act. It was Boieldieu’s first major triumph and was part of the vogue for operas on Oriental subjects. As with many of the pieces being performed, the “Sabre Dance” is easily recognizable as it has been used in numerous films, animated films, TV series, video games and commercials over the years. The piece’s popular familiarity has been enhanced by its traditional use as accompaniment by travelling circuses and on television variety shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show when novelty acts appeared. 

Considered one of the best trained pianists of her generation, pianist Sin-Hsing Tsai is currently UC Foundation associate professor at UTC. Dr. Tsai teaches piano, piano pedagogy and piano literature and is actively involved in the community where she has presented several outreach concerts and workshops. She is a Steinway artist and her credentials include having received numerous awards and acknowledgements for her musical performances. She is widely travelled and has collaborated with musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. She is furthermore credited with several world premieres of contemporary compositions. Most recently, she toured with Beethoven Triple Concerto in several Chinese cities under the baton of the eminent maestro Dongxiao Xu. 

Guests with a disability requiring accommodations or require additional information regarding this or any other UTC Music Department performance, call the Music office at 425-4601 or, see the Music Department website at http://utc.edu/music


Darrell Scott Plays At The Camp House Thursday

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Darrell Scott will be performing at The Camp House on Thursday.  Angel Snow will be opening the show, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Review for Darrell Scott: Darrell Scott is touring in support of his album Couchville Sessions which released on May 13 via Full Light Records. The project has already been featured in The Associated Press, ... (click for more)

Auditions For Halloween Show War Of The Worlds Are Aug. 8-9

Back Alley Productions is hosting auditions for the upcoming Halloween show War of the Worlds. Based on both the H.G. Wells novella and the Orson Welles radio show, the production is seeking talented community actors in the local area. Auditions are Monday, Aug. 8, and Tuesday, Aug. 9, at any time from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Mars Theater. The theater is at 117 N. Chattanooga ... (click for more)

County Schools Receive Community Gift For Almost $1 Million To Fund Public School Bible History Program

Bible in the Schools presented a community gift for nearly $1 million to the Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) to reimburse 100 percent of the costs of funding a Bible history program in 18 public schools for the 2015–2016 academic year. Enrollment data for 2015–2016 reported 3,582 students in grades 6–12 elected to take a Bible history classes. “This gift from the ... (click for more)

DA's Office Defends Suspended Sentence In School Bus Driver Rape Case

The District Attorney's Office defended a controversial suspended sentence in a rape case involving a substitute county school bus driver. Prosecutor Jason Demastus said the victim, who was 15 years old at the time of the March 2015 incident, was in agreement on the plea and refused to testify against Alexander Rodriquez. Rodriguez, 34, last Thursday pleaded guilty to ... (click for more)

Make America Good Again - And Response

“No people can be great, who have ceased to be virtuous.”   Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) Last week I witnessed first hand the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. As I observed the happenings within the Quicken Arena, the one theme that continued to pop up again and again, was  Make America Great Again .  Of course, that being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Keep Mike Carter’s Genius

Mike Carter, who has just been chosen as the “Best Overall” member of the Tennessee Legislature by a group known as the Tennessee Forum and “Legislator of the Year” by Citizens for Home Rule, is truly both. A lawyer and then a Sessions Court judge for 8 ½ years, he is overwhelmingly favored to win a third term during next Thursday’s election and rightly so. While it is laudable ... (click for more)