Wednesday, March 02, 2016

[348] ‘MTSU On the Record’ lifts its voice in tribute to ‘The Tender Land’

MURFREESBORO — The next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program will shine the spotlight on MTSU students preparing to give voice to the American experience.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with H. Stephen Smith, a voice professor in the MTSU School of Music, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 6, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Smith is in charge of MTSU’s production of “The Tender Land,” the second opera from legendary American composer Aaron Copland, whose majestic “Fanfare for the Common Man” and uplifting “Appalachian Spring” have thrilled millions of listeners.

Presentations are slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, in the Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building. A map of available parking is at 

“The Tender Land” is the story of a Midwestern farm girl who yearns to leave her impoverished family upon graduating from high school during the Great Depression. The narrative changes, however, when two suspicious strangers come to work on the farm.

“I think the one thing that drew me to this opera was the fact that a lot of what my mother taught me when I was growing up … there’s a lot of that reflected in the opera itself, and I felt a sort of personal connection to that,” Smith said.

Students make up the cast, crew and chamber orchestra of the production. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free for MTSU faculty, students and staff.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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