The UTC Symphony Orchestra will give an autumn concert on November 6 with Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony


The UTC Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert, open to the public, on Saturday, November 6 at 3 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall of the UTC Center for Fine Arts.

The fall concert will also be available to watch via livestream.

The 60-member college/community orchestra, led by UTC Symphony Orchestra conductor Sandy Morris, includes university music majors and non-majors, UTC music faculty members , local music educators and other local amateur and professional musicians.

The concert will feature Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, ‘Pastoral’, written as a celebration of country life as Beethoven came to terms with his deafness.

Also on the program, “Songs of Distant Earth” by Dr. Kenyon Wilson. Wilson, a former Fulbright Scholar in Azerbaijan, is Professor and Acting Director of the Performing Arts Department at UTC.

“I am thrilled to have the UTC Symphony Orchestra perform these two works at this concert,” Morris said. “Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony is his exaltation of nature and his power of inspiration, and our elders need to experience a Beethoven symphony.

“‘Songs of Distant Earth’ by our head of department, Dr. Kenyon Wilson, is a stylistically diverse and at times humorous sequel inspired by the dwarf planets of our solar system.”

Wilson, winner of the 2014 Heartland Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest and the 2013 Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Composition Contest, has received commissions from the University of North Dakota, Hokusho University in Japan, Morehead State University, Tennessee Technological University, the Charlotte Tuba Ensemble, the International Music Camp in North Dakota and the International Tuba/Euphonium Association.

Her recent work, “Five,” written in response to the July 2015 terrorist attack in Chattanooga, won the 2016 Carolyn Thompson and Roger Brown Community Engagement Award and was a finalist for the American Prize in Composition.

Location: The UTC Center for Fine Arts is located at 752 Vine Street and at the intersection with Palmetto.

Photo by Angela Foster.

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