The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

UTC Offers Theatre, Music and Art Events

In the mood for a theatre production? Perhaps a choral concert? How about Monte Coulter’s annual Beat Hunger percussion ensemble concert on November 24? Or a stroll through the galleries to take in the latest exhibits? You can see and hear it all on the UTC campus. Read on for details of these exciting events.

The UTC Fine Arts Center hosts Patten Performances, which brings the best in traveling arts entertainment to Chattanooga each year. Visit our Fine Arts calendar for a complete listing of arts offerings on campus.

The University Theatre will perform Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon in the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre on Friday, November 14, Saturday, November 15, Friday, November 21, and Saturday, November 22 at 8 p.m. and on Nov 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. This show is for mature audiences only. It is clear that our times are complex and that we are faced today with complicated moral choices. Aunt Dan and Lemon, written in the context of four decades of the Cold War, is perhaps more timely now than when it was written and first produced in 1985. The play takes us into the world of a young recluse who tells us of memorable summer when she was eleven and came under the influence of a family friend whom she calls "Aunt Dan." The conversations that take place between them in a small house at the bottom of an English garden form the focus of this play about political orientation and the allure of certain ideas—even when they lead to murder.

The Cadek Department of Music at UTC will present a fall choral concert on Tuesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. in Roland Hayes Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center at UTC. Participating Choruses are the UTC Chattanooga Singers, Chamber Singers and Singing Mocs. The Chamber Singers and Chattanooga Singers are directed by Dr. Kevin Ford who is the new Director of Choral Activities and accompanied by Cindy Beirne. The Singing Mocs are directed by Kimberly Cargile. Music from the Renaissance through the current day will be featured including music by, among others, Byrd, Handel, Willan, Dickau and Whitacre. Admission is free.

The UTC Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Monte Coulter, will present "Beat Hunger '03" on Monday , November 24 at 8 p.m. in the Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Building at the corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets.

This program has become the traditional start of the Christmas giving season in Chattanooga. A donation of two non-perishable food items or a two-dollar check for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen is requested at the door. (No cash will be accepted on the UTC campus.)

The ensemble will perform works from the best of recent concert percussion literature—by composers such as Lynn Glassock, Jean Sibelius,
Christopher Deane, Allan Blank, and others.

The UTC Percussion Ensemble is recognized throughout the Southeast as a premier concert percussion group.

“This event regularly collects more food than can be driven away in one trip, and hundreds of dollars to feed the hungry and the homeless in our beautiful city. Please come and be a part of this holiday tradition!” said Coulter.

The UTC Cress Gallery of Art is featuring Mary Carrithers: New Drawings in the main gallery, with 26 large figurative color pastel and charcoal works completed in 2003 by Chattanooga based artist Mary Carrithers.

Gallery II features Les Danseurs: Photographs by Andy Zaller. Based in Oklahoma, Zaller has selected 20 works from a larger portfolio of both traditional and manipulated photographs of members of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ballet Company.

Both exhibitions run until December 1.

The Cress Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F. It is also open to the public during all Patten Series Performances. The Cress is located in the UTC Fine Arts Center, corner of Vine and Palmetto.

For more information call 425-4600 or 304-9789.