Chamber Players of the South to Perform American Classics
February 24, 2012
The Chamber Players of the South (Chamber POTS) under the direction of Sam Baltzer will bring American musical classics to life at the Creative Arts Guild on Sunday, March 4, at 3:00 p.m. The program is co-sponsored by Dalton State College and the Creative Arts Guild.
The program includes Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, and several shorter pieces. According to Dr. Ellie Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Music for Dalton State, the two major works have been used in movie soundtracks and television commercials and are two of the most familiar and beloved of all American masterpieces.
Rhapsody in Blue premiered in 1924 and demonstrated a successful merger of classical and jazz styles, Jenkins said. Appalachian Spring, with its famous inclusion of the folk hymn, ‘Simple Gifts’, helped to establish a uniquely American musical language that is powerful, energetic, high-spirited and at times tender and poignant.
The piano soloist for Rhapsody in Blue is Dr. Rebekah Jordan-Miller who was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and recently completed her doctoral studies in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. She has performed widely, both as a soloist and as a collaborative artist in venues throughout Canada, the United States, Austria, Australia, Norway and also Vermont Public Radio.
The Chamber POTS is a 25-member professional chamber orchestra that has performed for Shorter University opera productions, ballet, musical theatre shows and in concert. Its members also perform with orchestras in Rome, Macon, Savannah, Chattanooga and Birmingham.
“American Classics” is presented by Rome’s Own Musical Ensembles in collaboration with Dalton State College and the Creative Arts Guild. Tickets are $10, either in advance or at the door. The general public may purchase tickets at the Creative Arts Guild at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton. Advance tickets are free for Dalton State College students.For more information, contact Dr. Ellie Jenkins at 706-272-2528 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Creative Arts Guild at 706-278-0168.