2017-2018 Season Schedule
Pre-Season Free Concert: 129th US ARMY BAND GUARDSMEN OF SWING
7:00 p.m., Friday, September 15, 2017
Join us for a fun-filled performance of swing music from the 1940s, and help us support our service men and women.
The 129th Army Band performs big band jazz at the highest level of professionalism, providing particular support to the troops and families of the Tennessee National Guard.
This is a free concert with open seating. No tickets will be issued, and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the evening of the performance.
DAEDALUS STRING QUARTET
7:30 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2017
Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances.
MATTHEW WORTH, BARITONE
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Hailed by The New York Times for a voice that is “fully powered and persuasively expressive,” Matthew Worth is quickly becoming the baritone of choice for innovative productions and contemporary works on the operatic leading edge.
TAMI LEE HUGHES, VIOLIN
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Tami Lee Hughes is a critically acclaimed violinist celebrating the legacy of African-American composers through classical music. According to Fanfare Magazine, she “draws a sumptuous tone from her instrument and plays with heartfelt declamation.” Her sound has even been characterized as “reminiscent of Perlman.”
ST. LOUIS BRASS QUINTET
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Founded in 1964, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet is one of America’s longest standing brass quintets. The SLBQ not only performs the entire spectrum of great music for brass–from the works of today’s composers to Baroque and Renaissance music transcribed for modern instruments–but also offers lighter fare: popular music of the Americas, jazz arrangements of standards by Ellington/Strayhorn, Gershwin and Cole Porter, lighthearted pieces for narrator and brass; and a tongue-in-cheek survey of the history of the brass instruments.
The SLBQ sees itself foremost as a serious chamber music group, but also recognizes the importance of education and entertainment in its programming. Finding this balance is an exciting challenge that is vital in keeping both the group’s members and its audiences satisfied.
ERIC ALEXANDER / HAROLD MABERN QUARTET
7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018
(Headliners for Mid-South Jazz Festival 57th Anniversary)
More than one critic has claimed that listening to tenor saxman Eric Alexander, unfettered and at length, is one of the greatest treats in jazz. This star bebop saxophonist and imposing improviser is joined by his mentor Harold Mabern, one of the most enduring and dazzlingly skilled jazz pianists of our time. JazzTimes reports, “The rapport between Mabern and Alexander seems nearly telepathic.”