Storytelling Through Sound’: Guest artists Whitney Kelley, Patrick Sutton to perform

JOHNSON CITY – Flutist Whitney Kelley and guitarist Patrick Sutton will present “Storytelling Through Sound” in a Guest Artist Recital at East Tennessee State University on Sunday, Feb. 3.

 The program of works by Piazzola, Vieaux, Fukushima and Beaser will include musical stories, from whimsical to tragic, that “weave together the beauty of life, nostalgia of memories, and pain of loss” as they take listeners on “a journey of time and culture” reaching from the Appalachian mountains to Latin America.  The performance will be held at 3 p.m. in the Mathes Hall auditorium.  General admission is $5.

 Kelley, based in Boulder, Colo., has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous orchestral and recital settings, including guest appearances with Hollywood film composer Dave Grusin, jazz flutist Nestor Torres, and a variety of municipal orchestras.  She is a member of the Airde Ensemble, a woodwind sextet.

 Also a music educator, Kelley is a faculty member of the Off-Broadway School of Fine Arts in Boulder, has served as a clinician and adjudicator for a number of music programs across the country, and frequently presents her research and teaching philosophies through lectures, master classes, online videos and publications.  Her latest research projects have focused on the psychology of music learning and teaching.

 Kelley is a doctoral candidate in flute performance and pedagogy at the University of Colorado.

 Sutton, who is also a doctoral candidate in music at the University of Colorado, began playing guitar at age 11 in Evergreen, Colo., and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical guitar performance at the Lamont School of Music, where he received several honors.  The two-time prizewinner in the Denver Classical Guitar Society Solo Competition is currently on the music faculty at the Community College of Denver and the Evergreen School of Music.

 For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the ETSU Department of Music at (423) 439-4317.