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Outside of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. Photo by Joseph Spencer.
Outside of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. Photo by Joseph Spencer.

The School of Music, in collaboration with UT Libraries, is excited to announce a music and art performance, “Americana,” from 2 to 5 p.m. January 13 in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.

Cultural exhibits, displays, and a reception will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby, followed by the musical presentation in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall.

“Americana” explores some of the most exciting musical idioms the Americas have brought to the world, including selections from American musical theater, jazz, and other purely American flavors. Featured on the program are members of UT’s voice faculty Lorraine DiSimone, mezzo-soprano; Cecily Nall, soprano; Andrew Skoog, tenor; and Andrew Wentzel; baritone. Joining them will be UT faculty artists Miroslav Hristov, violin; Kevin Class, piano; and Judith Bible, piano. Special guest artists include New York native and Louisiana State University Distinguished Professor of Cello Dennis Parker and pianist Lina Morita from McNeese University.

The performance is part of UT’s Ready for the World Music Series, which brings renowned artists to perform and talk about musical styles and literature from diverse regions around the world. Faculty and guest artists discuss the classical music traditions from each of those regions, followed by a performance of representative samples. The programs are designed to demonstrate the rich musical influences each region has had on the traditions of western classical music. Also included are exhibits by artists, displays of cultural artifacts and information, and refreshments that represent the culinary diversity of the regions.

For more information about the series, visit the Ready for the World website.

CONTACT:

Miroslav Hristov (865-974-7535, hristov@utk.edu)