John Hamm Performing Arts Series
For the spring half of the season, we are pleased to offer the dynamic performances of our guest artists to our audiences via online platforms. Please visit Facebook, YouTube, or here on our page, at the time of the concert to view. Streams of the concerts will remain visible for 30 days. Current Covenant students, faculty, and staff may register to see the performances in-person (subject to COVID protocols and distancing) by filling out this form.
Feb 16, 2021 7:00 pm
Praised by the Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses an effortless grace, poised authority and brilliant virtuosity far beyond his years. Since winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Li has rapidly established a major international reputation. Li is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, with his debut recital album released in October 2017 which was recorded live from the Mariinsky Theatre. His second recording for the label features Liszt solo works and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, recorded live with Vasily Petrenko and the London Philharmonic, was released in Fall 2019.
March 25, 2021 7:00 pm
Time for Three is renowned for their charismatic performances in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and The Royal Albert hall. They have collaborated with artists such as Ben Folds, Branford Marsalis, and Joshua Bell, and have premiered works by composers Chris Brubeck and Pulitzer Prize-winners Jennifer Higdon and William Bolcom. An upcoming commission by Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts will be premiered with the San Francisco Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra in summer 2021. The band has new music releases planned through Warner Music.
April 20, 2021 7:00 pm
Mike Wiley is the NC-based playwright and actor whose distinctive original works in documentary theatre, film, educational residencies and performances for student audiences has been acclaimed across America and abroad. His dramas relay the stories of fugitive slaves, civil rights game changers, sports heroes and freedom fighters. Dynamic multi-character portrayals offer penetrating views into parallel lives whose roles within African American history have shaped a richer total American experience. Wiley’s impressive one-man “casts” sometimes introduce dozens of characters during the course of a single play. Morphing between characters of multiple races, young to old, man to woman, his gripping stories enlighten and inspire audiences of every age to apply history’s lessons to gripping issues of today.
About the Series
The John Hamm Performing Arts Series brings world-renowned musical artists to Covenant’s campus to offer recitals and educational opportunities that serve students as well as the surrounding Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain communities.
Through the performing arts series, each featured artist offers a recital on campus as well as master classes and opportunities for one-on-one voice lessons or coaching in specific repertoire. The recitals and master classes are free and open to the public, thanks to the partnership of generous donors.
The series is named after former Covenant professor Dr. John Hamm and is coordinated by David Tahere, assistant professor of music. Hamm served in the music department at Covenant for more than thirty years. During his tenure at Covenant, Hamm was known for his investment in the Chattanooga music community. In 1985, he founded Choral Arts of Chattanooga, which still provides the city with choral music, thirty years later.
The performing arts series seeks to carry on Hamm’s legacy of engaging with and giving back to the local music community. Recital tickets are available, free of charge by emailing HammSeries@covenant.edu, or by calling 706.419.1459.