Butler School of Music Premieres Solo Concerto for Tuba

March 19, 2012

Event: The University of Texas Wind Symphony and Butler School of Music (BSOM) faculty tuba soloist, Charles Villarrubia will premiere BSOM faculty composer, Donald Grantham’s, “Tuba Concerto.” The event is free and open to the public.

When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27

Where: Bates Recital Hall, MRH Building

Free VIP tickets are available by contacting Maria Tway or by calling (512) 471-0386. The deadline to request tickets is Friday, March 23 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets include access to a private pre-concert sneak-peak at which participants can meet the composer and soloist and listen a pre-concert talk and preview of excerpts from the concerto.

Background: Few solos are typically written for the tuba, but collaborators at BSOM continue to forge the path for innovation and opportunity within classical music. This 20 minute, three-movement work is a tour de force for a tuba soloist in which Grantham explores a wide array of style, color and character that Villarrubia exhibits so effortlessly on his instrument. The program will begin with “Song of the Telegraph” composed by University of Texas Doctor of Musical Arts student Ian Dicke and conclude with the incomparable “Symphonic Metamorphoses of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber,” composed by Paul Hindemith. The ensemble will be conducted by Robert M. Carnochan along with guest conductor, Scott S. Hanna.

For more information, contact: Krysta Gonzales, 512-471-1139.