Last night’s concert at Texas Tech University was a montage of sounds and ensembles ranging from a Romantic symphony to a Mariachi band.  The evening began with the Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble performing ‘Sinfonia#3 “La Salsa,” I. Tumbao’ with a dance-like beat.   The instrumental ensemble was followed by the Texas Tech University (TTU) Women’s Chorale singing “Cantate Domino” in the back of the recital hall behind the audience, a reverent sixteenth century religious piece.  Next, our focus went to the organ loft, center, where the TTU Graduate String Quartet performed a Baroque string quartet, “String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13, III. Intermezzo:  Allegretto con moto.”  The cello and viola started in with a pizzicato background for the violin’s melodic bowed harmonies.  A TTU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble followed performing “Lux Arumque” a twentieth century piece with traditional western theory harmonies.  Following this instrumental ensemble was “Knowee”, a polyphonic twentieth century piece performed by the TTU University Choir with two soprano soloists, Michaela Hardin and Rebecca Tann, positioned on either side of the recital hall.  The soloist followed one another in a stereo phonic round, as the choir hummed quartal harmony, for the most part.  Quartal harmony is a twentieth century harmony based upon the interval of a fourth.  Thereafter, Mariachi Los Matadores took the stage performing a traditional Mexican Medley, “Fiesta en Jalisco;” followed by a celtic ensemble with “Sherburne” a shaped-note New England hymn, and Perdon por Adorate a soulful solo from Felicia Rojas.  Next, the Tango Orchestra performed “9 de Julio.” another Latin dance piece.  The Tango Orchestra was followed by a trumpet ensemble’s “Suite for Five Trumpets.”  Tara Melvin a soloist from the TTU Opera Theater performed the Aria: “Senza mamma, o bimbo tu sei morto!” from “Suor Angelica.”  She was followed by the University Orchestra performing “Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 1″ from one of my favorite composers, Antonin Dvorak.  The finale for the evening was the combined choirs of  Texas Tech University performing “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide” accompanied by the University Orchestra.

This week Texas Tech University held auditions for the School of Music.  Good luck from the TexasMusicReporter.