UTC Orchestra Has Concert Oct. 4

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The UTC Music Department will present the UTC Orchestra, directed by Jooyong Ahn, in the UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Concert Hall, 752 Vine St., on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. It is presented free of charge and is open to the general public.

The recital will include; “English Folk Songs Suite” by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Suite for Strings” by American composer Robert Washburn and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2 in D Major.” 

Written in 1923, the “English Folk Song Suite” is one of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’s most famous works for military band. Credited with establishing a new nationalist style based on English folk traditions, William’s sought inspiration from native material, including Elizabethan and Jacobean music as well as English folk songs. Originally published as “Folk Song Suite,” the title which is used on the score and parts, it consists of three movements: March, Intermezzo and another March, and is considered an important part of core literature for concert band as it treats traditional melodies with remarkable originality and charm. 

“Suite for Strings” is composed by American composer Robert Washburn, who taught for many years at State University of New York at Potsdam. He has performed with many well-known orchestras both nationally and internationally and is a prolific composer, with over 150 published works. His “Suite for Strings” is made up of four movements in varying moods from lyrical and gentle to vibrant and, is best described as a simple and charming piece; a delightful addition to the evening’s performance. 

Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2 in D major (Op. 36)” was written between 1801 and 1802, mostly during his stay in the rural retreat of Heiligenstadt, Vienna in 1802, at a time in which his worsening deafness had been diagnosed as incurable and irreversible. Conducted by the composer on April 5, 1803, the work premiered in Theater an der Wien in Vienna composed without a standard minuet; instead, replacing it with a scherzo, giving the composition even greater scope and energy. Additionally, the finale marked allegro molto contains many of his own syncopated jokes, shocking the sensibilities of many of his contemporaries.  

Since 2004, Mr. Ahn has been a tenured professor of conducting and director of orchestras at UTC. A citizen of the United States and native of Seoul, South Korea, he has performed with several major orchestras around the world at many notable music venues. Mr. Ahn has held the music directorship of orchestras in Korea and the United States and guest conducted many orchestras on four continents. In addition, he has held many master classes and concerts worldwide, as well as worked with several youth orchestras. Most recently, his orchestra world premiered Harvey Stokes’ “Clarinet Concerto” at UTC and he conducted the Chattanooga premier of Scott Joplin’s opera “Treemonisha.” He recently served as visiting professor at Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea and was also invited to Harbin, China, in the summer of 2012, to guest conduct China’s oldest western instrument orchestra.

If you have a disability requiring accommodations or, for 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.




Heritage House Shows The Scarlet Empress Dec. 10

Heritage House Arts & Civic Center rounds out the first season of the International Film Series with the sixth of the seven collaborations between actress Marlene Dietrich and director Josef Von Sternberg, the Scarlet Empress. It will be shown Sunday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Admission will be free.  Review for the Scarlet Empress: A highly fictionalized biopic of the ... (click for more)

An Evening With The Voices Of Lee To Take Place Dec. 6

Lee University’s Voices of Lee will present An Evening with the Voices of Lee to celebrate their new release, “A Cappella Christmas.” The concert will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Pangle Hall.  The performance will feature music from the new Christmas CD, which features songs such as “Little Drummer Boy, “Christmas Time is Here,” and “Have Yourself a Merry ... (click for more)

Man, 21, Shot While Walking Along E. 19th Street

A 21-year-old man was shot Friday afternoon as he waked along E. 19th Street. The victim was identified as Quincy McConnell. Chattanooga Police officers responded to a local hospital on a report of a gunshot victim arriving for treatment. The victim arrived at the hospital via personal vehicle. He suffered a non-life threatening injury. The victim said he was ... (click for more)

$100,000 Powereball Winner In Greeneville

A Tennessee Lottery Powerball player in Greeneville woke up Thanksgiving morning a $100,000 winner.  The as-yet-unknown player matched 4 of 5 white balls drawn plus the Powerball in the Wednesday night drawing, which has a base prize of $50,000. Since he or she added the Power Play option for a dollar, the prize was multiplied by the Power Play number drawn, which was ... (click for more)

Stormwater Fiasco And East Ridge Camping

When did the Chattanooga City Council get replaced by members of the East Ridge City Council? I don't recall a time in Chattanooga where they've voted to shoot the city in the foot more than they have lately.  If this goes through despite the environmental impact warnings and then Camp Jordan has increased flooding after spending millions on sports ball fields, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

The best story this Thanksgiving comes from the New Jersey Turnpike where a very attractive young woman ran out of gas last month. Kate McClure had little cash on her as she began to walk towards the closest gas station in the pitch-black dark. But she didn’t get far before a homeless man, his beard ragged and clothes filthy, told her this was a bad place for her to be.  ... (click for more)