Celebration Suite by Eugenie Rocherolle Premiers Before Sell-Out Audience!

Celebration Suite, by Eugenie Rocherolle, was premiered before a sell-out audience last Saturday night, February 27, in Roberts Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Alabama, Huntsville. This exciting new musical work was commissioned by the Huntsville Music Teachers Association to honor the City of Huntsville in celebration of the Association’s 20th anniversary.

The commissioned composer, Eugenie Rocherolle, was present for the premier.

All of the music performed on the concert was music arranged or composed by Ms. Rocherolle and the order of the selections portrayed a journey that blended music, history, and geography. The journey started in the Red River Valley and ended here in the Tennessee Valley, with the Celebration Suite, premiered in performance by teachers of the Huntsville Music Teachers Association.

At the conclusion of the concert, the Association presented framed copies of the Celebration Suite score to representatives of the City of Huntsville, Redstone Arsenal, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Accepting on behalf of the City was Kelly Cooper Schrimscher, Director of Communications for the City of Huntsville’s Officer of the Mayor. Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commander, Colonel William L. Marks II accepted the presentation of behalf of Redstone Arsenal, and Dr. Dan Schumacher, Director of the Science and Technology Office accepted the framed score on behalf of Marshall Space Flight Center.

Maestro Joseph Lee, the third Music Director of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, the Resident Conductor of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, conducted the piano ensembles. Phillip Keveren, a multi-talented and extremely versatile keyboard artist, composer, arranger, and producer from Brentwood, Tennessee, was the Master of Ceremonies. Ms. Lisa Belk of Huntsville was the Recital Chairman, Dr. Melody Ng of UAH was the Performance Director, and Diana A. Pettit of Athens, President of the Huntsville Music Teachers Association, was the Premier Concert Director.

The premier concert was supported by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Huntsville Arts and Cultural Grant Program, and the Alabama Music Teachers Association.  HMTA also gratefully acknowledges the support of the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and AB Stephens Music Store.

Listen to Ginny Kennedy’s Interview on WLRH with Ms. Rocherolle:

WLRH Interview

This project was made possible by a grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.



This project has been made possible by a 2016 Arts & Cultural Grant from The Arts Council funded by the City of Huntsville .

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