MTSU's Wind Ensemble continues to stand alone among Tennessee university bands with this month's release of its second CD, “Earthrise," a collaboration with three international composers, on one of the world's most prestigious classical labels.
"We're the only school in Tennessee that has one CD with Naxos, let alone two," said Dr. Reed Thomas, director of bands and a professor of music and conducting in MTSU's renowned School of Music.
Thomas conducted the Wind Ensemble for "Earthrise" as well as the 2011 release "Angels in the Architecture."
Mary Stolper, guest artist for the MTSU Flute Festival
The 14th annual MTSU Flute Festival, featuring guest artist Mary Stolper, principal flutist of the Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque and the Chicago Opera Theater, will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, in the university’s Wright Music Building.
Registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 22. Stolper and MTSU faculty pianist Lillian Pearson will present a public recital at 1 p.m. in Hinton Hall inside the Wright building, and Stolper will then present a master class for festival participants at 2:15 p.m.
Kevin Chance, a prize-winning concert pianist, will perform a free public concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building.
Currently on the faculty at the University of Alabama, Chance has won prizes in several regional and national competitions, including the National Society of Arts and Letters Career Awards Competition, Music Teachers National Association Competitions and the Brevard Music Center Concerto Competition.
The AronBerkner Duo, featuring Stephen Aron on classical guitar and Jane Berkner on flute, will present a free public concert at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building.
The duo has been performing together for more than a decade with a repertoire that spans the flute and guitar masterworks and features several works especially written for them.
Composer Mohammed Fairouz was the Composer in Residence for the MTSU Wind Band conference and his Symphony No. 4 “In the Shadow of No Towers” was be featured during the Middle Tennessee State Wind Ensemble concert on February 7th. We were able to interview him before the concert and here are some of his comments from that interview:
After he had decided to accept a commission for a piece from the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble he drew inspiration from Art Spiegelman’s comic book by the same name.