Stones River Chamber Players conclude season with ...

Stones River Chamber Players conclude season with free spring concert

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MTSU’s Stones River Chamber Players will perform new musical works by two MTSU professors alongside classics by two legendary European composers in their final concert of the 2015-16 season, set for Monday, April 11.

“Spring Stretto,” which is set for 7:30 p.m. April 11 in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building, features the creations of MTSU’s Paul Osterfield and Jamey Simmons and those of Austrian composer Franz Schubert and Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů.

The performance by the ensemble members, all of whom teach in MTSU’s School of Music, is free and open to the public.

Music faculty Michael Parkinson, Brian Mueller and Tisha Simeral will perform “Lullaby for Michelle” with Parkinson on trumpet, Mueller on vibraphone and Simeral on Bass. Osterfield created the piece for his daughter, who was born in 2013.

Simmons composed “Musical Postcards From God’s Country” during family outings to the Rocky Mountains, Appalachian Trail and Oregon and in tribute to environmentalist John Muir. He’ll be joined in the performance by Michael Arndt on trumpet, Ben Miles on tuba, David Loucky on trombone, Don Aliquo on saxophone and Angela Tipps on the organ.

Soprano Dina Cancryn, clarinetist Todd Waldecker and pianist Adam Clark will perform Schubert’s “The Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965,” which Arunesh Nadgir, MTSU piano professor and co-director of the Stones River Chamber Players, called “a beautiful and powerful piece.”

Rounding out the program is Martinů’s “Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano,” performed by Laura Ann Ross on oboe, Andrea Dawson on violin, Christine Kim on cello and Clark on piano. Martinů created the piece while in exile in the United States in 1947, Ross said.

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

— Gina E. Fann (

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