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KNOXVILLE — The School of Music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, may be without a building while their new home is being constructed, but the show must go on.

The first of three concerts in the Faculty Chamber Music Series will take place this Sunday at the Knoxville Museum of Art, a new venue for this particular concert series.

The free concert begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, and features music faculty who are world-renowned for their talent and skill.

Prior to the faculty concert, a free reception featuring UT student chamber ensembles and light refreshments will begin at 3 p.m.

“The Faculty Chamber Series is an opportunity for the School of Music to showcase the impressive talent and skill of our faculty,” said Director Roger Stephens. “We’ve held the series for four years now, and each year it gains in popularity. We’re hoping that even with the change of venue while the new Natalie Haslam Music Center is being constructed, more people will want to come and enjoy the fusion of art and music, as the KMA is such a wonderful venue for chamber music.”

The faculty concert will feature works by two contemporary composers, both of them local to the Knoxville area. The afternoon will open with the U.S. premiere of La Pioggia nel Pineto (“The Rain in the Pine Forest”), a two-movement work for soprano, piano, and percussion by UT faculty composer Brendan McConville. McConville’s work will be performed by mezzo-soprano Lorraine DiSimone, also a UT music faculty member.

Also on the program is a work by another local composer, Greg Danner: Serengeti, for brass quintet and percussionist. Danner is a horn player with the Brass Arts Quintet and a professor of theory and composition at Tennessee Tech.

Faculty members performing in the concert include Mark Boling on guitar, Rusty Holloway on bass, Keith Brown on drums, Patrick Harvey on piano, Alfred Guzman on mixed percussion, Cecily Nall singing soprano, Judith Bible on piano, Sande MacMorran on tuba, Shaun Schuetz on percussion, Calvin Smith on horn, Daniel Cloutier on trombone, and Cathy Leach and T.J. Perry on trumpet.

More information about the concert program can be found online.

The other concerts in the series are scheduled for Jan. 23 and March 27.

C O N T A C T :

Donna Hundley (865-974-8935, dhundley@utk.edu)