Music educators, scholars, students, composers, and professionals from around the nation will converge on UT this month to hone their craft, share best practices, and enjoy concerts by internationally renowned performers. The February 13-15 conference will include a keynote address by famous jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen, the longtime band leader of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
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Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.
There are stars still twinkling in the early morning sky when Jessica Henderson sits down at her kitchen table with a bowl of Cap’n Crunch and coffee. It’s 5:30 a.m. on September 28, and in just about seven hours, Henderson will be leading the Pride of the Southland Band members to Neyland Stadium for kick off. But kick off is not where game day begins for Henderson.
The Swingle Singers, an internationally acclaimed a cappella vocal group known for pushing the boundaries of the human voice, will perform on campus Sunday, November 3. The 6:00 p.m. concert will be in the James R. Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. The groups sing folk ballads, funk jams, fugues, opera, jazz, and pop. The concert is free and open to the public.
Three public university music professors from around the country have been chosen as the winners of the Doc Severinsen International Composition Contest. The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Music, and the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society sponsored the competition. First-place winner Peter Lieuwen will receive $10,000 for his piece “Concerto Alfresco,” written for solo trumpet and symphony orchestra.
Alash, a world-renowned Tuvan musical ensemble famous for throat-singing, will perform at UT on Tuesday, October 15. Tuvan throat singing is a unique practice where multiple pitches emanate simultaneously from a single performer’s voice.
US Senator Lamar Alexander and his wife, Honey, along with three other couples, have given UT the original manuscript of “Tennessee Waltz” to be displayed prominently in the university’s new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. Alexander presented the lead sheet to Haslam today before playing “Tennessee Waltz” on the piano for her and a gathering of the music center’s supporters at the building’s dedication.
Today Natalie L. Haslam, a philanthropist and ardent UT supporter, helped dedicate the new music building named in her honor—a state-of-the art addition to the campus that will showcase UT’s talented musicians and world-class faculty. Haslam and her husband, Jim Haslam, joined Governor Bill Haslam, UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, UT President Joe DiPietro, US Senator Lamar Alexander, other state and local officials, and alumni to celebrate the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, the new home of the UT School of Music.
This morning the university held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek was joined by UT System President Joe DiPietro, Governor Bill Haslam, and US Senator Lamar Alexander, along with other officials, to honor Natalie Haslam and commemorate the opening of the new building. Check back with Tennessee Today later in the day for more from the festivities.
The Chattanoogan did a wrap-up of UT’s new facilities including the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, RecSports Complex, and the John D. Tickle Engineering Building. “If you are a University of Tennessee at Knoxville graduate and have not been to campus in a while, you might think you are in the Emerald City, not Big Orange Country, during your next visit,” wrote reporter John Shearer.