For those in the Cookeville and Crossville areas, there are several really great opportunities to hear live music in the next two weeks. Some have a price of admission, while others are free. I hope you’ll take advantage and attend one or more of these concerts!
Chamber Music for Winds, Strings, and Voice, featuring Robert Swan, piano
Part of Tennessee Tech’s “Center Stage Concert Series”, this performance will be held in the Bryan Fine Arts building tonight (April 18) at 7:30. The Center Stage concerts are always tremendous, and always free!
School of Performing Arts Student Recitals
Students from the Stevens Street School of Performing Arts will be performing in three recitals this week. Each will feature students of various ability levels playing a wide variety of instruments. These recitals are a great encouragement to me, and also wonderful for those who are considering taking music lessons. Children and parents can see what our students are capable of doing, which is helpful when deciding where to take lessons! The recitals will be held in the sanctuary of Stevens Street Baptist Church at 7:00 Thursday evening (April 19), and 5:00 and 7:00 Friday evening (April 20). All are free and open to the public.
TTU Symphony Band and Concert Band
As an alumnus I realize that I’m partial, but I think the Symphony Band is one of the best collegiate bands in the region! Their spring concert will be held in the Bryan Fine Arts building on Friday evening (April 20) at 7:30, and will be free. Students playing band instruments really need to have opportunities to hear great bands, so parents, get them there!
Southern Stars Symphonic Brass with Buddy Greene
The Southern Stars Brass Band is a great group, and one I’ve really enjoyed playing with. But of all the concerts we’ve played in the band’s three years of existence, this is the one I’ve anticipated most. In addition to a show consisting primarily of swingin’ hits from the big band era, we’ll be featuring guest artist Buddy Greene, who is the world’s greatest harmonica player. He’s most known as a member of the Gaither Band, and for co-writing the song Mary, Did You Know?, but he’s also a tremendous solo act. He’ll be playing a few songs specially arranged for harmonica and brass band, as well as doing a 30-minute segment by himself. As you’ll see in these videos, he combines great humor with extreme talent!
The concert will be held at Stone Memorial High School in Crossville, TN, at 7:00 on Saturday evening (April 21). Tickets are just $18 for adults and $5 for students (college and younger). You can purchase them at the door, or talk to me and I can get them for you. You can read more about this concert here.
Bryan Symphony Orchestra Concert
Many people don’t realize that we have a professional symphony orchestra right here in Cookeville. Not many towns our size can say that! They always put on a great show, and this one will be no different, featuring soprano soloist Sabrina Laney Warren. You can read about the concert’s programming on the BSO website, or watch this concert preview:
Tickets (if they are still available) are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors 65 and older, and $8 for students.
Tech Troubadours and Troubadours Alumni Big Band Concert
This one’s going to be a lot of fun! A group of alumni from TTU’s historic big band have “put the band back together“, and we’re playing our first gig this Sunday (April 22) at 6:00 p.m. in the banquet hall at Pueblo Viejo restaurant (located in what used to be the Wheeler Skating Rink on 10th). The current Troubadours group will perform a set in between ours. We’ve got a lot of great swing tunes in the book, and have a Wayne Pegram chart where any current or former Troubadour can take a solo (if this is you, bring your horn!). There’s a $7 cover charge for admission, most of which will go to help fund the jazz program at TTU. You will also be able to order from the dinner menu if you like to listen to jazz during your meal (who doesn’t?).
School of Performing Arts Faculty Recital
In addition to the student recitals listed above, we will be holding our first ever instructor recital on Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. This will also be at Stevens Street Baptist Church. It’s always fun for students to see their teachers perform, and I’m excited for ours to get this opportunity. We’re also encouraging folks from our community and from our church body to come out and see what a spectacular staff we have! Our 15 teachers are all incredibly talented, and will each be performing. There will be solos, chamber music, and a couple large ensemble pieces covering a wide variety of genres from classical to pop to bluegrass to corporate hymn singing. This is a free event, and we hope many will come!