Southern Stars Kick Off Season with a Blast of Tubas!

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) begin their 3 concert Crossville Concert Series on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3pm at the beautiful 1200 seat auditorium and will feature as guest artists the 15 member TTU Tuba/Euphonium ensemble. The other SSSB concerts will be on Feb. 9, and April 19 and if you have not yet heard this 30 piece ensemble of professional musicians previously, you need to experience their style of Premium Entertainment to see why those that have attended consider their concerts to be of exceptional quality and value.

The coming concert on Sept. 29 carries the theme of Classics and Jazz and will feature music to fit those two genres. Jazz selections will include big band swing and an upbeat 70’s version of this genre. Classics does not necessarily imply Classical, but music that are classic favorites. The concert will include the following selections: Two Sousa marches – The Glory of the Yankee Navy and The Free Lance march; Cartoon Classics; Indiana Jones – The Temple of Doom; Salute to the Count (Basie); La Fiesta (a Chick Corea composition); Lux Aurumque (as arranged by our conductor, Dr. Stephen Sudduth); Lil’ Darlin’; Them Basses; and two feature soloists from the SSSB: Briana Elgelbert- Vogt will perform the euphonium solo – Party Piece; and Dr. Kathryn Adduci will perform the cornet solo – Slavische Fantasie. Both of these are virtuoso selections by two musicians who are outstanding instrumentalists. Sponsors for this concert are Bed & Biscuit Kennel (season) and Cumberland Eye Care (concert sponsor).

The TTU Tuba (9) and Euphonium (6) ensemble will be performing their own set of classic selections: Rise up, My Love, My Fair One; Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Toccata from Symphony No. 5 in F minor; and Euphunk (featuring TTU Associate Professor of Trombone, Joshua Houser, on euphonium). This TTU ensemble is led by professor Winston Morris who is world renowned in the world of low brass. They will wow you with their outstanding technical playing, especially on the Toccata, which was composed to be played by an organ with great technique required.

Adult tickets prices for an individual concert are $22 and Students are admitted free. Season tickets for all three concerts are $50 and a particularly good value versus $66 for purchasing a single tickets for each concert. Season ticket patrons can exchange a ticket from a concert they have to miss, for an additional ticket to one of the other concerts, to avoid losing out on their investment. Plus season ticket holders have access to a reserved premium seating section. Advance tickets are available at: First National Bank of TN branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade; On It’s Way (UPS/Fedex dropoff location) in the Fairfield Glade Village Mall; and Bed & Biscuit Kennel off of Peavine Road. Tickets will be available at the concert

If you are new to the area, or are a resident who has not yet experienced the SSSB in concert, contact SSSB founder Dwight Wages in advance of the Sept. 29 concert, he will have a special opportunity for you to attend as a gift from the SSSB. To take advantage of this special offer contact Dwight at 931-484-6939 or at It is rare for brass bands to be found in a small city like Crossville…………they are normally only available in large metropolitan cities like L.A., Boston, St. Louis, Atlanta, K.C., Chicago, etc. We are fortunate to have this gem in our area, so please come out and experience the quality of this entertainment group.

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