Folk mu­sic and fid­dle tunes

Fid­dle Fest work­shop, con­cert at UTC on Satur­day

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC -

Area string mu­si­cians are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the third an­nual Fid­dle Fest at the Univer­sity of Ten­nes­see at Chat­tanooga on Satur­day, Sept. 22.

Fid­dle Fest is an en­joy­able day of play­ing Amer­i­can and Celtic folk mu­sic ar­ranged for string orches­tra and acous­tic gui­tar in an in­for­mal set­ting.

Award-win­ning fid­dler and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Jim Wood, gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Inge Wood and Ir­ish fid­dler Tom Mor­ley will lead the fes­ti­val. Mu­si­cal ar­range­ments have been writ­ten by Wood to fit a va­ri­ety of skill lev­els.

The Fid­dle Fest orches­tra is open to mu­si­cians in grade 9 through adults who play vi­o­lin, vi­ola, cello, string bass or gui­tars at in­ter­me­di­ate to ad­vanced lev­els. Read­ing mu­sic flu­ently is re­quired.

Wood will teach the orches­tra about play­ing fid­dle mu­sic and will share solo spots with his wife, Inge, and Mor­ley. Sandy Mor­ris will con­duct the orches­tra.

Par­tic­i­pants will gather at 9:30 a.m. Satur­day in Roland Hayes Con­cert Hall of the Fine Arts Cen­ter, cor­ner of Vine and Pal­metto streets. Re­hearsal on the fid­dle mu­sic be­gins at 10 a.m.

Fol­low­ing a lunch break, Wood will lead a clinic on an in­ter­est­ing as­pect of folk mu­sic fol­lowed by more re­hearsal. The fes­ti­val will con­clude with a free pub­lic con­cert at 5 p.m. in the Fine Arts Cen­ter.

Wood has won more than 160 f irst prizes in folk mu­sic com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing seven f id­dle cham­pi­onships. He com­poses and ad­ju­di­cates for fid­dle com­pe­ti­tions, and records at his home stu­dio.

Mor­ley has played with top coun­try artists in Nashville, has per­formed with clas­si­cal or­ches­tras and leads Celtic and world-mu­sic bands as well as the lo­cal band, Stringer’s Ridge.

Orches­tra di­rec­tor Mor­ris con­ducts the Chat­tanooga Sym­phony Youth Orches­tra and UTC Sym­phony Orches­tra, teaches at Cen­ter for Cre­ative Arts mag­net school, is a clin­i­cian and ad­ju­di­ca­tor.

Fid­dle Fest is spon­sored by Dr. Jonathan McNair, the Ruth S. Holm­berg Pro­fes­sor of Amer­i­can Mu­sic; and the UTC Depart­ment of Per­form­ing Arts, Divi­sion of Mu­sic.

To reg­is­ter: go on­line to www.utc­mu­sic.org, then click the link for UTC Fid­dle Fes­ti­val.

UTC CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Jim and Inge Wood

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