Wendel Werner, one of music’s remaining Renaissance men, has musical gifts that cover a broad spectrum encompassing most every musical genre. He is a composer, director, recording artist, teacher, and performer. He served as director for the Knoxville Children’s Show Choir, the Athens Area Children’s Choir, the Knoxville Showstoppers, and is currently director of the UT Singers, the university’s jazz choir. From 2002-04 Werner served as director of Just In Time, a women’s a cappella jazz choir, which he formed. He was named “Composer of the Year” by the Tennessee Piano Teachers Association, and was the featured entertainer for the Special Olympics opening ceremonies.
Werner’s composing credits include three choral suites: “The Biblical Fires,” “The Biblical Waters” and “Requiem.” In 1988, he was commissioned by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association to compose a work for the Oak Ridge Symphony. The result was a 20-minute piece titled “Granddaddy’s Church,” which was Werner’s musical interpretation of the familiar sounds of the church where his grandfather was a minister.
Imaginative and playful improvisation and his good humor are hallmarks of Werner’s performances. No two performances are ever alike, and all are works of art.
Werner’s concert begins a weekend of world-class concert-going as the AACA Big Time/Small Town performance season opens the following night with The Hit Men … featuring former stars of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons. This performance at Athens City Middle School is part of the season ticket package, which you can purchase online, by phone or at The Arts Center. Individual tickets are $18 for advanced-purchase adult tickets ($20 at the door) and $10 for students.
Tickets and further information on both concerts is available by phone at 423-745-8781, online at www.athensartscouncil.org, and in person at The Arts Center at 320 North White St. in downtown Athens.