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Young musicians to showcase their talent in classical concert

Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm


Kali Bradford


On Sunday, Nov. 19, the South Jackson Civic Center will shine the spotlight on the talent of nine local student musicians at the fourth annual Young Artists Showcase.

The student musicians will perform selections from the classical genre.

The following students will perform:

Heather Dweck will sing “La Violetta” by Allessandro Scarlatti; Abigail Matheny will perform the traditional folk song, “Black is the Colour;” Caleb Purdue will perform “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano” by Kent Kennan on trumpet; Sam Uselton will perform a piece of “Tableaux de Provence” on alto saxophone by Paule Maurice.

Marian Anderson will perform violin solo “Czardas” by Vittorio Monti; Bradley Holmes will give a piano performance featuring “Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2” by Johannes Brahms.

Local student musicians will take the South Jackson stage on Sunday, Nov. 19 during the annual Young Artist Showcase. From left are flutists Paige Bond and Silvia Garcia; vocalist Abbey Matheny; clarinetist Will Carter; euphonium player Abbie Daniel; and saxophonist Sam Uselton.
-Staff Photos by Cameron Adams

Will Carter will perform “Solo de Concours” by Henri Rabaud on clarinet; Silvia Garcia will perform a piece by Gabriel Faure on flute; and Abbie Daniel will play “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” by Claude Debussy on euphonium.

Coordinator Lisa Maurer said the students will perform pieces they have been working on with their teachers and ones the teachers helped them choose.

She added that it’s also a chance for students to perform on stage.

“A lot of students don’t have the chance to perform a recital on an actual concert stage with an accompanist,” she said.

“For example, I know when the Tullahoma High School students do their recitals at the end of the year, they do them without an accompanist in the school’s band room. So in this setting they are able to wear their concert black, learn and showcase concert etiquette, acknowledge their accompanists at the end of the performance with a bow and just be in a formal setting. This is a good opportunity and may one of their only times to get to do it.”

Maurer added that it’s a chance for the instructors to see how much their students have grown in their musical journeys.

“I enjoy seeing their growth. For those who are performing for the second or third time, it’s nice to see how far they have come.

“It’s a reward for us to see their hard work displayed and appreciated by the public. No one knows how hard these students work. But just the audience response when the students play is wonderful. The kids soak it up and know this is something they have done all on their own.”

 Showcase History

According to Maurer, the showcase was originated to utilize the rental of a grand piano.

“The event came about because South Jackson did not own a grand piano,” she said. “So every November for a jazz concert Peggy (Burton) would rent a piano for the show. It was quite expensive to rent and it was only being used for one concert. So we decided to put another concert together to utilize the piano.”

Maurer said the concert’s goal was to highlight young musicians in town.

“We decided to put on a concert the following day after the jazz concert, which was typically a Sunday, and showcase the music students in town,” she said. “The pianist would be able to play on a nice grand piano and the other musicians could perform, being accompanied by the piano. While the center has now been able to purchase a piano, we decided to still continue the concerts that have developed a following.”

Community of Musicians

According to Maurer, there is a strong community of local musicians who offer private lessons to budding musicians looking to hone their musical skills.

“There are several piano teachers, violin teachers and more who are available,” she said. “All the students at Tullahoma are able to have lessons from professionals who the school brings in for them, from clarinet to flute and trumpet. There are so many great teachers in the area.”

Teachers who will have students in the showcase include Ann Baldwin, Peggy Burton, Doug Clark, Jessica Dunnavant, Jen Zimmerer, Lisa Maurer and Tom Maurer.

“I think the event is wonderful. The teachers are very supportive and work to get their students out there to play,” she said. “These students work really hard and are very dedicated. While a lot of these students won’t go into music, they have a love for it that will last a lifetime. They have the talent and just to be able to hear the talent they were born with and they’ve worked hard to grow into is just amazing. All the students are also so supportive of each other. The urge each other on.”

Maurer added that the event continues to grow each year.

“Last year was our biggest audience ever, so we appreciate the community continuing to come out and support what we are doing,” she said.

She added that such an event also serves to foster support of local music teachers.

“Having this event is so important for the community to able to come and see and support this young musical talent,” she said. It’s starting to become known, so people get excited when it comes around. I think as teachers we should network more and form a music teachers’ group in Tullahoma. We have so much talent in this town and I would like to see such a group come together.”

If You Go

The showcase will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the South Jackson Civic Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for 18 and under. For more information, call 455-5321.