The Natalie L Haslam Music Center was dedicated with two days of festivities (September 12 and 13, 2013).
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Thursday evening began with a wonderful reception in the Music Center's atrium. Fabulous food and jazz music performed by our students (Kyle Bothof—tenor sax, Rondo Johnson guitar, Geoff Dean—piano, Matt Nelson—bass, Garrit Tillman—drums) greeted our guests.
A concert of student performers followed in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall.
To view the program, click on the images below.
Opening Remarks were made by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and School of Music Director Jeffrey Pappas. Then the following groups performed: UT Trumpet Ensemble, Percussion ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Piano soloist Carson Hayes, the Tennessee Flutes, and a graduate String Quartet. The Chamber Singers performed "O aula nobilis" by composer David L. Brunner which was commissioned for the dedication concert. The finale was a performance of Bernstien's Make Our Garden Grow ( from Candide) by soloists Todd Barnhill and Jenni Sohl with the UT Chamber Orchestra, the Opera Studio Ensemble, and the Chamber Singers.
At the concert, there was a Recognition of the Steinway Initiative by James J. Powell Sr., Jimmy G. Cheek, Jeffrey Pappas and Ron Losby, president, Steinway & Sons. A statue of a Steinway piano was presented to the School of Music.
There was also a well-deserved Recognition of Natalie L . Haslam and Sandra G. Powell by Jimmy G. Cheek and Jeffrey Pappas.
Friday, September 13, 2013
The dedication ceremony was held on the front steps of the Music Center. The ceremony included speeches by UT President Joe DiPietro, Chancellor Cheek, Arts & Sciences Dean Teresa Lee, Director Jeffrey Pappas, , Gov Bill Haslam, Natalie Haslam, and student Megan Brooker. The UT Trumpet Ensemble also performed.
Cutting the ribbon at the dedication were Natalie and Jim Haslam, Governor Bill Haslam, Sandra Powell, Jim Powell, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, Sen. Lamar Alexander, UT President Joe DiPietro, Arts &Sciences Dean Theresa Lee, School of Music Director Jeff Pappas, Margie Stephens and student Megan Brooker.
Luncheon/Presentation of the Manuscript of the "Tennessee Waltz"
After the dedication ceremony, a luncheon was held for invited guests. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander surprised UT and the guests by presenting the original copy of the "Tennessee Waltz" manuscript to UT. The manuscript was purchased by Senator Lamar Alexander, his wife, Honey, and three other couples - Ashley and Lew Conner, Denise and Steve Smith, and Colleen and Ted Welch - in August. He asked that it be prominently displayed in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. After the presentation, Alexander surprised those present by playing the song for Natalie Halsam.