The UTC Symphony Orchestra will present its Spring Concert in the C.C. Bond Humanities Theatre at Chattanooga State Community College on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. This free concert will feature the Neruda Concerto in Eb Major with Dr. Erika Schafer as the trumpet soloist.
Dr. Schafer is associate professor of trumpet and assistant director of bands at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She performs with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. She has been a guest artist and performed recitals at Kansas State University, The University of Arizona and Eastern Illinois University, and has also presented masterclasses internationally. Dr. Schafer is a member of the Fuze Trio (including Ronda Benson Ford, flute, and Jenny Parker, piano), whose repertoire includes world premieres and other modern compositions, as well as arrangements of traditional classical music and popular music.
Prior to her position at UTC, Dr. Schafer was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. where she was a featured soloist and performed with the U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet and the Joint Services Brass Quintet. She was also active in orchestras in the D.C. area, including the McLean Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Folger Consort and the Orchestra of the 17th Century.
Also on the program are the Overture to La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) by Rossini and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished). 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 amateur and professional musicians from the region. The orchestra is conducted by Sandy Morris.