College Concert to Feature Original Composition
January 30, 2013
Monday night’s Concert on Campus at Dalton State College will feature an original composition created especially for two of the musicians, Dr. Ellie Jenkins and her husband, Eric Hanson.
Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Music at the College and coordinator of the Concerts on Campus series, plays the horn; husband Hanson plays the double bass and violone. The free recital is Monday, February 4, at 7:30 pm in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall at Dalton State.
“This recital truly brings together the old and new in both instrumental practice and composition,” said Jenkins. Newest among the selections to be performed is Trio Sonata, composed for Jenkins and Hanson in June 2012.
“I met the composer, Karen Griebling, at a workshop in March, and she agreed to create something for my husband and me to perform,” Jenkins said. “She worked very quickly, and by June I had a new piece in my hands. Though it is brand new, it invokes a sense of much more ancient music through Griebling’s use of open intervals and antique dance forms. We really love the sounds she created.”
“In addition, I’ll be performing a gorgeous piece composed in 2006 titled Moon Lilies, by Lydia Busler-Blais,” Jenkins said. “The piece is a lyrical gem inspired by the flowers blooming in her garden that summer. I’ll also perform Villanelle, by Paul Dukas, a favorite among horn players that dates from the early twentieth century.”
In contrast, Hanson will play two pieces composed for the double bass violone, an instrument that looks identical to a modern double bass but is tuned differently. In the eighteenth century, when the double bass violone was popular, composers wrote for it frequently, Jenkins said, but because of its unique string tunings, those pieces are seldom played today.
Jenkins and Hanson will be accompanied by Kris Carlisle on piano.
A native of coastal Georgia, Jenkins joined the faculty of Dalton State College in 2010. She is an active performer, playing principal horn in the Carroll Symphony, second horn with the Rome Symphony, and performing frequently with the Chamber Players of the South. She has also appeared with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and toured Taiwan with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra.
Eric Hanson performed as a member of the Chattanooga Symphony from 1994-2012 and served before that as Principal Bassist with the Huntsville Symphony and was an active musician in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, performing frequently with the Milwaukee Symphony. He performs with many ensembles throughout the region, including the Huntsville, Rome, and Bryon Symphony Orchestras.
Kris Carlisle specializes in contemporary music and is currently promoting his latest album with Edwards Trumpet Artist Adam Hayes. Their album, Current, is a collection of contemporary works for piano and trumpet.
The recital is free and open the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Those with questions are welcome to call Dr. Jenkins at 706-272-2528.