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.
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‘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.
It’s been said that a musician is only as good as his or her instrument. UT Knoxville’s School of Music is working to provide its students with the finest pianos in the industry made by Steinway & Sons. The goal to raise more than $3.5 million to become an All-Steinway School was announced Monday during an on-campus event with university and Steinway representatives, along with donors and friends of the university.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Music will host the Spring Sensation 2011 to benefit student scholarships on April 16. The evening of music, fine dining and auctions begins at 6 p.m. at the Knoxville Downtown Hilton.
UT Knoxville’s School of Music received a Bronze Citation of Excellence and a Silver ADDY at the 2011 ADDY Awards on Saturday at the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Knoxville.
The university community has lost one of its most beloved faculty members. Roger Stephens, professor and director of the School of Music, died Sunday evening after a courageous battle with cancer for several years. Stephens came to the university in 2001 and worked tirelessly to make a difference as director of the School of Music.