Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!! Enclosed is the latest news and information from the School of Music. Read below to find out just how busy our faculty and students have been during the summer months and look ahead to our upcoming events for the end of September and first half of October.


Faculty Recitals

Rebecca Wascoe (soprano) and guest pianist Jeffrey Peterson will present a recital on September 18th, at 7:30 pm at Talkington Hall in the Legacy Events Center (14th & Avenue O). Titled “Sweet Indulgence”, the performance will include works by Mozart, Verdu, Rodgers, Wagner, and Gershwin.

Kevin Wass (tuba) and and wife Susan Wass (piano) will present “Embracing the Anxiety of Influence” on October 5th, at 2:00 pm in Hemmle Recital Hall. The concert features standard transcribed works from the German canon side-by-side with modern works modeled after them, including Arthur Butterworth’s Three Lyric Pieces and Thomas Stevens’ Variations In Olden Style (d’apres Bach).


ThumbnailTTU Fall Opera

The Department of Music Theatre will be staging “The Old Maid and the Thief” and “Suor Angelica”, September 26th through 28th, in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater (413 East Broadway).

“Suor Angelica” is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini, with an original Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. The second of three operas known as Il trittico, it tells the story of Sister Angelica, a Florentine noblewoman banished to a convent for a youthful folly.

“The Old Maid and the Thief” is a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, composed specifically for performance on the radio. Menotti also wrote his own libretto for the opera and had it translated from Italian to English for the premiere of his work. Divided into fourteen scenes, the story follows an old maid, Miss Todd, and the escapades that ensue when she unknowingly invites a thief into her home.

Gates open at 7:00 pm, with an 8:00 pm show time. Tickets are available through Select-A-Seat at $15 (general admission), $10 (senior), or $5 (student). TTU students may obtain a free ticket with a valid TTU ID at either the SUB or box office.


ThumbnailFaculty String Quartet Plays Beethoven

The TTU Faculty String Quartet has undertaken the challenging and unique project of performing all six works from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 18 quartet series.

The Opus 18 quartets are some of the most important works in all of chamber music literature and demonstrate the drama, elegance, and tenderness that are often attributed to Beethoven.

The first concert will be held at 8:00 pm on September 30th in Talkington Hall of the Legacy Events Center (14th and Avenue O), and will feature quartets No. 1 (F Major) and No. 2 (G Major). The performance is free and open to the public.

TTU Ensemble Concerts

The TTU Celtic Ensemble, along with the TTU Vernacular Music Center, the TTU School of Music, and the Roots Music Institute will present “The Elegant Savages Orchestra” in concert on September 29th, at 8:00 pm in Hemmle Recital Hall. The concert features the “symphonic folkloric” music and dance of the “Bassanda National Radio Orchestra”, the official state ensemble of an imagined former Soviet satellite country. All titles will be announced from the stage, and guests will include Zoe Carter (voice) and Dr. Ben Robinette (voice). For “correspondence, personal biographies, timelines, galleries, and historical and archival commentary”, visit the ESO’s website by clicking here.

The University Singers, Women’s Chorale, University Choir, and Matador Singers will join forces to present the “Kaleidoscope of Choirs” concert on October 10th, at 7:30 pm in Hemmle Recital Hall. The hour-long concert will feature a wide variety of music from all over the world, including Brazil, Hungary, Finland, and the Americas. Professor Jeffrey Lastrapes (cello) will also perform with the choirs.


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