The University of Tennessee Concert and Symphonic Bands will join forces
tonight to offer a program that shows the range of the band repertoire. The
bands will perform Percy Grainger's "Handel in the Strand" and Part One of
Robert Russell Bennett's "Autobiography," among other selections at the UT
Music Hall at 8 p.m.
Although he was born in Australia, studied in Germany and was a concert
pianist in England, Percy Grainger is best known as one of the leading
composers of American band music. His first title for the popular "Handel
in the Strand" piece was "Clog Dance," which he gladly changed when a
friend said the music made him think of G.F. Handel careening down London's
Strand to English dance-hall music.
When asked to write his autobiography, Robert Russell Bennett put it into
music for the concert band, dividing the work into seven ages of his life.
The UT Concert Band will perform Part One that describes Bennett's youth in
Kansas City, Mo., and the early days before he went to Paris to study with
one of the most famous music teachers of the century - Nadia Boulanger. He
put this superb classical music training to use on the Broadway stage,
where he scored more than 200 musicals. Still, he chose band music to
express the entire course of his life.
The concert is free and open to the public. The UT Music Hall is located at
1741 Volunteer Boulevard. For further information about this or other
concerts at UT, call the UT Concertline at 974-5678.
UT bands collaborate to produce concert
Published: Thu Nov 11, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:02 p.m.