'Poet Of The Tuba' Patrick Sheridan To Perform At Baylor Feb. 2

Jan. 29, 2004

by Richard Veit

Master tubist and storyteller Patrick Sheridan will bring his musical high-wire act to Waco and Baylor University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in Roxy Grove Hall on the Baylor campus.

Sheridan will be joined for the Lyceum Series recital by Baylor's Elvia Puccinelli, assistant professor of piano and director of the School of Music's Collaborative Piano Program. The Lyceum Series is funded annually through the generosity of the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, Texas.

While a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, Sheridan thrilled audiences across America with his amazing virtuosity and musicianship as one of the band's primary soloists. His comedic storytelling from the stage brings an extra dimension that makes him an audience favorite.

Sheridan's performance will open with Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Adagio, Theme, and Variations and then Sheridan's own tuba arrangements of three pieces -- Gabriel Fauré's song "Après un rêve," Fritz Kreisler's Schön Rosmarin and Vittorio Monti's Czárdás.

Sheridan also will perform Romance by Danish composer Axel Jorgensen, Variations on a Tyrolean Song by French cornetist Jean Baptiste Arban and two works -- Yorkshire Ballad and the three-movement Tuba Concerto, written by James Barnes, professor of composition at the University of Kansas.

The Los Angeles Times has praised Sheridan's "astonishing agility." Le Monde, France's leading newspaper, wrote, "His larger than life persona is merely a backdrop for his incredible velocity, velvety tone and heart-breaking musicianship."

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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