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Stones River Chamber Players go ‘Here and There’ in free MTSU concert

The Stones River Chamber Players, MTSU’s faculty ensemble-in-residence, will continue their 2018-19 performances with their third free concert of the season, “Here and There,” set Monday, Feb. 18.

MTSU Stones River Chamber Players 2018-19 season poster

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The ensemble members, all of whom teach in MTSU’s School of Music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building, located at 1439 Faulkinberry Drive.

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The concert will feature Claude Debussy’s “Children’s Corner Suite,” Samuel Adler’s “Four Dialogues for Euphonium and Marimba,” Ned Rorem’s “Songs for Soprano and Piano,” Gene Koshinski’s “Get It!” and Tom Myron’s “Five Fables of Aesop for Narrator and Woodwind Quintet.”

“The title of this concert is ‘Here and There,’ but we are also tying in a children’s theme with the first and last piece of the concert,” said Andrea Dawson, SRCP co-coordinator and a professor of violin at MTSU.

“In conjunction with the children’s theme, we will be collecting voluntary donations after the concert for MTSU’s Ann Campbell Early Learning Center, an inclusive preschool and training site for college students in education.”

Dawson said the concert also will feature drawings by students from the Rutherford County Schools displayed during the Debussy performance.

Dr. Andrea Dawson, professor of violin, MTSU School of Music

Dr. Andrea Dawson

David Loucky and Brian Mueller will perform Adler’s “Four Dialogues” on the euphonium and marimba, respectively, while soprano Christine Isley-Farmer and pianist Joseph Walker will present Rorem’s piece.

Mueller will return to play percussion with tuba player Chris Combest on “Get It!”, which Combest said was “originally composed for bassoon and designed to ‘unleash the inner rock star’ of the performer.” Mueller will play the cajón, a wooden instrument of Peruvian origin that the musician slaps or strikes with brushes or sticks while sitting atop it.

MTSU’s Faculty Woodwind Quintet will gather for “Five Fables,” the final performance on the program. Flutist Deanna Little, oboist Grace Woodworth, clarinetist Todd Waldecker, horn player Angela DeBoer and bassoonist Gil Perel will be joined by narrator Jennifer Vannatta-Hall.

“Our Faculty Wind Quintet is truly excited to perform this piece with Jennifer narrating,” said Little. “We hope to bring the animals and music to life through these well-loved fables.”

The Stones River Chamber Players’ season will conclude Monday, March 25, in Hinton Hall with a performance titled “New Horizons.”

Each of the performances is free and open to the public.

You can learn more about the Stones River Chamber Players at For details on more MTSU School of Music performances, call 615-898-2493 or visit the Concert Calendar online.

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