Since the opening of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, UT's School of Music has worked to enhance its presence on campus.
To start off the spring semester, the school is collaborating with a Middle Tennessee State University faculty quartet to offer a unique performance.
The Stones River Winds faculty quartet will perform Monday at 6 p.m. in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall at the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.
The Stone River Winds, named after a civil war battlefield in Murfreesboro, is a woodwind quartet consisting of MTSU faculty members Deanna Little (flute), Laura Ann Ross (oboe), Todd Waldecker (clarinet) and Gil Perel (bassoon). The quartet was formed this past fall after the members had been playing together for the last five years.
Little, professor of flute at MTSU, said she has enjoyed her time in the group and appreciates their unique sound.
"We enjoy rehearsing together and traveling together," Little said. "This makes our ensemble experience something we all look forward to."
The quartet has performed for the MTSU and University of Memphis Schools of Music, traveled to high schools, given masters classes and spoken to students around Tennessee.
"We have a fun and varied concert," Little said. "We not only play quartets but also trios and duos to mix things up and give you a chance to really hear the different colors each wind instrument makes alone and blended together."
MTSU professor of clarinet Todd Waldecker said he also enjoys the group's distinct sound and believes people should expect to witness a variety of music at the concert.
"Our sound is colorful, flexible, energetic and soothing," Waldecker said. "We offer a variety of tonal sounds as well as various pieces, styles and moods."
The quartet became close with UT bassoon professor Keith McClelland at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. McClelland has been given opportunities to perform chamber music with these members, musicians that he would not normally perform with at UT.
"Unlike in a brass quintet with five very homogeneous instruments that blend well, the woodwind quartet is four very different sounds," McClelland said. "Each line will be distinctly heard. It's fun that way."
McClelland said students should attend the concert out of curiosity and to experience the rare occasion of a woodwind quartet on campus.
"When you go to one of these concerts, especially if you play one of the instruments there, it's great to follow your own line," McClelland said. "I am looking forward to the concert; they are good friends and great players."
The concert will offer a variety of pieces, including the works of Malcolm Arnold and Robert Muczynski. They will showcase combinations of flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon musical lines.
"The last piece is a beautiful piece," McClelland said. "It is a piece that will, at times, sound like circus music that jumps around. However, it also has some sections that are very mellow and laid back with beautiful lines."
McClelland said it is important for universities to collaborate on events such as this.
"The group wanted to play in our new recital hall, and I was able to make that happen," McClelland said. "It gives all sorts of support for what we are doing here."