Stones River Chamber Players wind down ‘Road...

Stones River Chamber Players wind down ‘Roads Less Traveled’ with ‘eclectic’ free concert

The Stones River Chamber Players, MTSU’s faculty ensemble-in-residence, will end their 2017-18 season Monday, March 26, with a free concert, “Roads Less Traveled,” comprising works from multiple composers.

The ensemble members, all of whom teach in MTSU’s School of Music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 26 in Hinton Music Hall inside the Wright Music Building.

“This free public concert will feature an eclectic array of music,” says MTSU piano professor and Chamber Players co-director Arunesh Nadgir, pointing to performances of “Dance King” and “King Tango” by Steve Rouse, four arias by Alesandro Scarlatti, “No Rush” by Jin Zhang, “Blue Ridge” by Michael Burritt and “Noble Tafelmusik” by Robert Delanoff.

“Rouse’s works are written for the unusual combination of double bass and flute,” Nadgir explains. “The dance-like interplay between the two instruments and the combination of their two unique sounds will be fascinating to hear.”

Dr. Arunesh Nadgir, piano professor and co-director of the Stones River Chamber Players

Dr. Arunesh Nadgir

Chamber Players flutist Deanna Little and double bassist Tim Pearson will perform the Rouse pieces.

The Scarlatti arias, part of a set of seven composed in 1706 for soprano and trumpet, will be performed by MTSU soprano Dina Cancryn, trumpeter Michael Arndt and pianist Joseph Walker.

The program will then combine Chinese and Western instruments to continue the eclectic theme, Nadgir says.

Dr. Adam Clark, piano professor and co-director of the Stones River Chamber Players

Dr. Adam Clark

“Zhang’s ‘No Rush,’ a trio for percussion, erhu and zheng, is a wonderful example of how different musical cultures can unite to create beautiful and exciting music,” he says. Percussionist Brian Mueller, zheng player Mei Han and erhu player Wei Liang will present the piece.

Mueller will return on marimba with Matt Jordan for Burritt’s “Blue Ridge” marimba duet, which Mueller says “connects many different styles of music, including folk, jazz and pop.”

“Noble Tafelmusik,” the final program piece, will feature Little on flute, Rebecca Van de Ven on oboe and Chamber Players co-director Adam Clark on piano.

“The entire composition focuses on exploiting the different sound colors of the three instruments involved,” says Clark. “The charm and exciting character of the first movement, ‘Dance of the Polyps,’ results from the use of extremely high pitches, particularly in the piano part.

“The second movement, ‘Stalactites,’ is a tone picture with a wide range of colors in all registers of the flute and oboe. The final movement, ‘Time for Raki,’ is dominated by a 9/8 measure, which is the basis of Turkish folk music.”

You can listen to streaming audio performances by the Stones River Chamber Players at For details on other MTSU School of Music performances, call 615-898-2493 or visit the MTSU School of Music “Concert Calendar” link.

— Gina E. Fann (