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Union University will host the West Tennessee Vocal Quartet

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 19, 2001 – Union University will host the West Tennessee Vocal Quartet’s presentation of “Broadway Comes To Jackson” on Monday, September 24th at 7:30 p.m.

The quartet’s program in Jackson will include many of the best-loved Broadway melodies in a variety of solo, duet, trio, and quartet arrangements. Les Miserables’ “Bring Him Home,” Jekyll and Hyde’s “This is the Moment,” and a show-stopping medley from West Side Story are just a sample of the wonderful selections to be heard during this program.

The West Tennessee Vocal Quartet is composed of sopranos Dianne Gatwood and Jennifer Cook, tenor Kevin Lambert, and baritone Dwight Gatwood. Pianist Allison Nelson accompanies the quartet.

Dianne Gatwood is associate professor of music at Union University. She is a frequent performer and recitalist, performing extensively in the United States as well as in England and Italy, in addition to serving as a soprano soloist at First Methodist Church in Huntingdon, Tenn. With the quartet she has performed throughout West Tennessee and for the Governor’s School for the Humanities. At Union, she currently teaches voice, music theory, ear training, and humanities courses.

Cook currently teaches elementary music and high school English in the Weakley County school system. She also serves as choir director and soloist at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Martin. Cook is an accomplished recitalist, and performs frequently through the area.

Lambert is in his tenth year at the University of Tennessee at Martin where he serves as chair of the department of music and directs the University Singers and New Pacer Singers. He is an active choral clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator and scholar. Being an experienced and successful tenor soloist, he performs in recitals frequently, and has appeared with the Memphis Symphony. In 1995, he and Allison Nelson, professor emerita at UT Martin, presented the world premier of "When the Wind is Southerly," which is a composition written for them by Gay Holmes Spears.

Dwight Gatwood is currently the professor of music and the University of Tennessee at Martin. He has sung with the Paducah Symphony, the St. George’s Chorale of Nashville, and at numerous universities. He is a frequent recitalist both at UTM and Union University. At the University of Tennessee at Martin, Gatwood teaches voice, music theory, and literature courses, and sources related to music technology.

Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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