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Nashville's Alan Fey to perform marimba concert April 7 at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol

staff report • Mar 30, 2013 at 6:18 AM

Percussionist Alan Fey will present an afternoon of marimba music for the third concert in the 2012-2013 Arts Series at First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, Tenn.

Show time is 3 p.m., April 7 at the church, located at 701 Florida Ave., just west of King University.

Assisted by his wife, soprano Janet Fey, Alan Fey will perform a collection of works that are considered both sacred and secular, but in a way that will touch the soul. Not as much a recital as a well-curated musical gallery of works, Fey’s performance will feature pieces that are drawn from composers across the globe with music and text both old and new.

Fey is a classically trained percussionist who specializes in solo and chamber music. His primary focus is the genre-defying category that is “new music,” as he has been involved in the commissioning and world premieres of more than 10 works in the last two years. Fey has performed in spaces ranging from churches to art galleries to concert halls, from the Zeitgeist Art Gallery to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, and from Millenium Park in Chicago to Carnegie Hall in New York. In addition to his live performances, Fey has contributed to various sessions in Nashville and can be heard on the final track of Music for the Soul’s “Dignity” album.

A native of central Florida, Fey now calls Nashville home, after being raised in Florida, Southeast Texas and Northeast Tennessee. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in percussion performance in 2007 and 2011, respectively, from Belmont University, where he studied with Dr. Christopher Norton. In addition to his classical percussing, he often can be found playing or teaching African hand-drumming, tickling the ivories of various pianos, writing his own percussion music, drinking craft beer or eating whatever delicious baked goods his wife has just made.

Fey has performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, as a concerto soloist with the Nashville Philharmonic and Belmont Symphony Orchestras, in various chamber settings — including his own group, PULSE — and frequently as a soloist throughout the Southeast.

Alongside Dr. Norton, some of Fey’s other instructors and mentors have included Doug Perkins, Todd London, Rich Graber, Michael Burritt and Matthew Duvall. He has worked with or performed in master classes for folks such as Steve Reich, David Lang, Leigh Howard Stevens, So Percussion, She-e Wu, Marta Klimasara and Anders Astrand.

As a conductor, Fey has served as assistant music director and rehearsal conductor for two Belmont Opera productions. As a Belmont student, he conducted the Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Women’s Choir, Chamber Singers and other ensembles. He studied conducting with Robert Gregg and Jane Warren in Nashville and Michael Hurshell in Dresden (Germany). Among the more notable conductors under whom he has performed are Giancarlo Guerrero, Hartmut Haenchen, Ekkehard Klemm, Kelly Corcoran and Chris Norton.

The Arts Series of First Presbyterian Church strives to share with the community events that enrich and inspire the lives of the people of Bristol and encourage the artistically gifted of the region and beyond.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students.

For more information, call the church at (423) 764-7176.

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