Upcoming UTC Student Ensembles

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Here are the upcoming UTC students ensembles: 

“Catch the Groove” Spring concert by the UTC Percussion Ensemble
Monday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. 
Roland Hayes Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
Free and open to the public
This concert is the Spring counterpart to the popular “Beat Hunger” each Fall.  
The Catch the Groove concert is focused on more difficult, upper-level literature than the Fall “Beat Hunger”, so the percussion ensemble includes all music majors. 
The Spring Percussion Ensemble is a trio this year, all of whom are music majors working on a concentration in Percussion instruments. They are Andy Bittenbender, William Graham, and Matthew Gardner.  The April 2 concert will feature works all the way from J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier to Christopher Rouse’s “Ku Ka Ilimoku”. Ku Ka Ilimoku was commissioned by the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and was premiered by its percussion section. It is described by the composer as “a savage, propulsive war-dance”. 

“Scrappy’s Choral Playlist” concert featuring Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorale
Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Roland Hayes Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
Free and open to the public
This concert has been programmed with the theme of “Birds”. Dr. Allison Allerton, who is directing the performances, said she is always looking for new ideas therefore a few years ago started putting the pieces together for this concert. “We can go all the way back to the Renaissance Era and find music about birds, whether the birds represent love or peace or change or wisdom.”
The Men’s Choir will sing Il bianco e dolce cigno a musical piece from Jacques Arcadelt, a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance Era. The Women’s Chorale will singIl est bel et bon, a piece by Pierre Passereau. During the concert here will be individual sets but there will also be combined sets. One combined sets includes Die Nachtigall a piece by German Composer, Felix Mendelssohn.
A lot of the singers in the chorus are from other majors apart from music. “For students this can be a little break from their regular academic rigor.”
Additional songs to be sung include:
British folk song “Turtle Dove”
Caribbean Island  “Yellow Bird”
Abby Betinis’ “Be Like The Bird”
Sarah Quartel’s “Song Bird”
The Beatles’ “BlackBird”  

UTC Jazz Band at Jazzanooga
Sunday, April 8, Bands will be playing between 12-4 p.m.
Coolidge Park
Free and open to the public
The concert will feature many jazz standards. Performers include Tom Herschberg, tenor sax; Seth Moulton, trumpet; Andy Bittenbender, drums; Joseph Freeman, guitar; Heith Swafford, piano; Dillon Downs, bass; Jeron Burney, vocals. Erika Schafer says she hopes people come and see the performance and then become more curious about the music of master jazz musicians.
Song list:
Centerpiece by Edison and Hendricks
What a Wonderful World by Weiss and Thiele
Billie's Bounce by Parker
Blue Trane by Coltrane
Fly Me to the Moon by Howard
In a Sentimental Mood by Ellington, Mills, and Kurtz
L-O-V-E by Kaempfert and Gabler
Now's the Time by Parker
Tenor Madness by Rollins
Impressions by Coltrane
Summertime by Hayward and Gershwin
Song for My Father by Silver
Cantaloupe Island by Hancock 

UTC Wind Ensemble
Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Roland Hayes Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
Free and open to the public
This ensembles is comprised of both music and non-music majors and meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2-4 p.m. in the Spring Semester.  Each ensemble performs once during the semester. 
The first program is constructed with for both Music Majors and Non Majors in a larger full concert ensemble style.  The second program is designed to push the limits of the music majors which can include larger works, chamber works, and development of the soloist musician.  

UTC Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m.
Roland Hayes Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center
Free and open to the public
The UTC Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Sandy Morris. This 60-member college/community orchestra includes university music majors and non-majors from UTC and Chattanooga State, UTC music faculty members, area music educators, and other talented amateur and professional musicians from the region

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