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Music, Art, and the Environment: Contemporary Music Symposium 2005

Contemporary Music Symposium 2005 will be held at the UTC Fine Arts Center from Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9. This Symposium, titled “Music, Art, and the Environment,” will present five opportunities to the public to experience contemporary music visual art created by living composers and artists. The Symposium will offer a different concert on each of the three evenings, with art displays in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center and a chance to meet and talk with the composers and artists following the concerts. There is also a Thursday afternoon master-class and performance featuring the Shaking Ray Levi Society. Additionally, a Saturday event at the Sequatchie Valley Institute invites the public to hear a variety of acoustic music in a beautiful, outdoor setting.

LOCATION: The Thursday afternoon master-class and all evening concerts will be held in Roland Hayes Concert Hall, in the Fine Arts Center at UTC, which is located at the corner of Palmetto and Vine Streets. Call (423) 425-4679 for more information, or view the full schedule below.

Festival Features and Schedule


  • 9:15 a.m. (cst): Outreach Program at Sequatchie County High School (by invitation only).
  • 1:40 p.m. Master-class and performance with the Shaking Ray Levi Society. Free admission.
  • 7:30 p.m. Concert 1:
    • Premieres of new music by Jonathan McNair and new art by Stephen LeWinter, both of whom are UTC faculty members.
    • Beneath the Canopy by Philip Parker, for flutes and percussion, based on rain-forest imagery.
    • New Work for clarinet and piano by UTC composer Mario Abril;
    • Six Japanese Gardens by Kaia Saariaho, for percussion and digital sounds.
    • Cuyahoga River by Tennessee composer Paul Osterfield, for alto flute.
    • Two songs by Tennessee composer J. Bruce Ashton.

    Stuart Gerber

    Nikolasa Tejero

    Featured performers include flutist Janet Hale, percussionist Monte Coulter, guest artist/percussionist Stuart Gerber, clarinetist Nikolasa Tejero, saxophonist Clint Schmitt, pianist Sin-Hsing Tsai.
    Students free; $5 general admission.



  • 3:00 p.m. Outreach Presentation at Center for the Creative Arts high school (by invitation only).
  • 8:00 p.m. Concert 2: Music by student composers from five colleges and universities in the South including UTC; Brevard College; Middle Tennessee State University; Georgia State University; and Birmingham Southern University. Four of the selections were chosen in a competition. Artwork by UTC art students also on display. Free admission.


  • 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. A daytime outdoor activity at the Sequatchie Valley Institute (SVI), A daytime event at the Sequatchie Valley Institute (SVI), nearDunlap, TN. An outdoor nature-based festival featuring musical performances and interactive creations of art on the mountainside under the forest canopy. There will be fun for all ages, including tours of the hand-crafted solar buildings, gardens, and edible landscaping, forest hikes, picnicking, hayrides up the mountain, arts and crafts demonstrations, and an organic vegetarian buffet. Transportation: Limited seating available in vans from UTC.

    Admission: Students free. Others: donation of $3 to $10. (Buffet is an additional $5 per person, students included.)

  • The Callithumpian Consort
  • 8 p.m. Concert 3. The Callithumpian Consort, a top-notch contemporary ensemble from Boston, will perform Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, a dramatic musical work by Peter Maxwell Davies. When the Callithumpians presented this work in Boston last summer, the Boston Globe critic said: “It was an astonishing performance.”

    Paul Elwood
    Also on the program is Stanley Kubrik’s Mountain Home by Paul Elwood, which blends a bluegrass band with soprano voice and chamber ensemble. Students free; $5 general admission.

This event is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Allied Arts of Chattanooga, the UTC Department of Music, the UTC Dean of Arts and Sciences, UTC Speakers and Special Events Fund, the UTC Art Department, the Sequatchie Valley Institute, and the Brevard College Department of Music.

Jonathan McNair

The Contemporary Music Symposium has been a biennial production of the Department of Music at UTC since 1997, when it was founded by Jonathan McNair, Peter Temko, and Jan Cochrane. The 2005 Symposium, “Music, Art, and the Environment,” is a collaborative effort of the UTC Department of Music, the Brevard College festival “A Little Now Music,” the UTC Art Department, and the Sequatchie Valley Institute. The artistic directors are Dr. Jonathan McNair of UTC, and Dr. Paul Elwood of Brevard College. For the visual arts component, Professor Stephen LeWinter of UTC has produced new works and is coordinating the work of student artists and the displays. The Sequatchie Valley Institute is directed in part by Carol Kimmons, Adjunct Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences at UTC.

For more information, please visit the Symposium website.

March 18, 2005

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