The final steel beam was placed on the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center on Wednesday, in a ceremony marking the midway point for construction. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek joined philanthropist Natalie Haslam, for whom the center is named, students, faculty, and administrators in signing the twenty-foot steel beam before it was set over the building’s north entrance.
School of Music News
The campus community is invited to stop by and sign a 20-foot steel beam between 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, before it is placed in the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. A 1:00 p.m. ceremony will follow. Both events will take place on the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street. The “Topping Out” ceremony marks the midway point in the construction of the building. The 123,000-square-foot facility will open to students in fall 2013.
The School of Music’s board of advisors will host silent and live auctions Saturday, April 14, to benefit student scholarships. The “Showcase 2012: Soundsation!” begins at 6:00 p.m. The black-tie-optional event will be held at the Knoxville Museum of Art and will include live music and fine dining. School of Music students and internationally acclaimed UT faculty will provide live entertainment throughout the evening.
A renowned all-female string quartet that seeks to make classical music available to non-traditional audiences and underprivileged children will host a concert Friday, March 16, at UT Knoxville. The Ohio-based Cavani String Quartet will perform at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Building, Hall 32.
Calling all music lovers. The UT Symphony Orchestra is inviting the community to a pre-concert lecture Saturday on Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” one of the great symphonic works of the Romantic period. A three-part concert will follow the lecture.
‘Tis the season for Christmas music, community, and a giving spirit. Keith Brown has created a tradition of bundling these elements in the annual Jazz for Tots performance put on by the UT Jazz Program. This year’s performance will be at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27. The event is open to the public and as admission, attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Toys for Tots foundation, run by the U.S. Marine Corps.
The history of the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries will be explored next week through a public lecture and concert at UT Knoxville. The Lumbee music group “Dark Water Rising,” winners of a 2010 Native American Music award, will perform from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20, in the University Center auditorium.
A musical selection that incorporates messages left at Ground Zero will be part of a UT 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.
UT Knoxville School of Music professor David Northington says the music of his mentor Aaron Copland “put America on the musical map.” This season’s first College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Faculty Showcase, “A Musical Tribute to a Great American: Aaron Copland,” will be led by Northington and will focus on the composer and his work.
A celebration of the life of Roger Stephens, director of the University of Tennessee School of Music, will be held Tuesday, September 6. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to the tribute, which will include remembrances and musical reflections.