UT School of Music Commemorates 9/11 with Faculty Chamber Music Concert

 

KNOXVILLE—A musical selection that incorporates messages left at Ground Zero will be part of a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, concert to mark the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11.

Sifting through the Ruins will be the centerpiece performance of the School of Music’s Faculty Chamber Music Concert.

The event, which will include four musical selections, will be held Sunday, September 11, at 4 p.m. in the James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. It is free and open to the public.

Sifting through the Ruins, composed by Grammy Award-winner Libby Larsen, will be performed by UT Associate Professor Kevin Class, Assistant Professor Hillary Herndon, and Associate Professor Lorraine DiSimone. It will include vocals using words from handwritten notes left in a chain link fence at Ground Zero.

The concert will be the premiere performance of Duo for Two Pianos, an original work by Assistant Professor Brendan McConville and featuring Class and guest artist Kristian Klefstad, an assistant professor at Belmont University. The pianists will face each other on opposite sides of the stage.

The School of Music’s two new Steinway grand pianos will be featured in this piece.

A third selection will be Walton’s Pieces from Richard III, performed by Brasswind, the School of Music faculty brass quintet, including Professor Cathy Leach, Assistant Professor Daniel Cloutier, and Professor Sande MacMorran.

The music is based on Shakespeare’s play, Richard III, about the short one-year reign of the last king of the Tudor line who dies in battle.

The last selection is Dover Beach by American composer Samuel Barber. UT Professor Andrew Wentzel will perform the piece and the string quartet will accompany him.

Prior to the concert, a free reception will be held at 3:00 p.m. The community is invited to join the faculty musicians for light refreshments and to enjoy music from the university’s student chamber ensembles.

C O N T A C T :

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lalapo@utk.edu)

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