Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote "Without music, life would be a mistake." At

the Knoxville Museum of Art on Sunday this statement certainly rang true.

Although usually known for its collection of paintings and sculptures, the

KMA displayed a different kind of art: music.

The KMA hosted a music recital featuring the trumpet and bassoon.

University of Tennessee music professor Keith McClelland, playing the

bassoon, was joined by renowned trumpet player Vince DiMartino. The two

musicians attended Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in the

1960s. Over the past 30 years their paths have crossed at various times and


Due to the extreme difference of their instruments, the range of pieces for

performance are very limited. They often joked about performing the

Hindemith, a difficult concerto for trumpet and bassoon. Finally, after

three decades, the two performed the concerto along with five other


McClelland and DiMartino were assisted by UT professor Fay Adams, who added

her talent on the piano. Although each musician had performed countless

times before, the trio had not performed together until Sunday. Regardless,

the performance was flawless and well-received by the crowded


The recital began with a Baroque piece written for the bassoon and trumpet.

From the first notes, the trio's teamwork and musical talent were evident.

Instead of mechanically delivering each note, the musicians focused on

conveying the emotion in the pieces they were playing.

After four other pieces, the recital was concluded with the spectacular

Hindemath concerto. According to Adams, the amazing music is "like a big

puzzle you must piece together."

The trio masterfully assembled their puzzle and delivered it to a most

grateful audience.

If life without music is a mistake, these three musicians have kept us from

making a serious blunder. Through their art they paint a world of grace and

beauty. This beauty, along with the passion created in the music between

this trio, is no mistake.