First-ranking Chinese musician Xiaojun Huo will perform “A Harmony of Strings” on April 24 at UT. The performance begins at 1:30 p.m. in the University Center auditorium, and is free and open to the public. Huo is the first-ranking erhu player in China. The erhu is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument that originated in China and is known in the western world as the “Chinese violin.”
School of Music News
Metro Pulse writer Alan Sherrod gave a stellar review of UT’s recent production of the opera Cosi Fan Tutte. Read the story here. The spring opera was presented April 10 to 13 at the Carousel Theatre.
John Luther Adams, a composer who this week was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, will visit campus on Monday, April 21, as part of Earth Day celebrations in the community. From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., he will work with students during their rehearsal. At 6:00 p.m., Adams will present a lecture about his work, his compositions, and how they relate to his life as an environmental activist. It will be held in Room 109 of the UT Art and Architecture Building.
UT will host the renowned European Doric String Quartet in concert at 7:00 p.m. April 3. The concert is the conclusion to a four-day residency by the quartet, teaching master classes and working with the School of Music string majors and exceptional local high school students. The concert, which will feature works by Haydn, Korngold, and Beethoven, will be held in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.
A 1960s science laboratory will serve as the setting for the Opera Theatre’s adaptation of Mozart’s Cosí Fan Tutte, an opera about the faithfulness of women. The spring opera will be presented Thursday, April 10, Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at the Carousel Theatre.
Music professors at UT will showcase their talents during a Faculty Chamber Series Concert on Sunday, March 30. The community is invited to the 3:00 p.m. concert in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Boulevard. It is free and open to the public.
UT School of Music students have played a critical role in enhancing the culture of the community, often offering free concerts for the public’s enjoyment. Community members can return the favor by enjoying good food, drink, and more of the students’ talents and performances during the School of Music’s annual gala on Saturday, March 22.
Four student winners of the annual UT School of Music Concerto Competition will perform Sunday, March 9. The 4:00 p.m. Concertos and Classics concert will be in the James R. Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building. The concert is free and open to the public.
Reconceiving Pre-Modern Spaces is the topic of the eleventh annual Marco Symposium to be hosted by UT’s Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies March 6 through 8. The symposium will feature scholars from various disciplines exploring ways in which pre-modern peoples conceived of space—as a physical reality, philosophical idea, and topic of artistic expression.
For seven decades, legendary pianist Byron Janis has thrilled audiences around the world. He’ll celebrate his eighty-fifth birthday year at UT from February 26 to March 2 by sharing his expertise with a younger generation of musicians and students. Janis will host five days of master classes, discussions, presentations, and performances.