Titus Underwood will perform the Ulysses Kay Oboe Concerto, the first oboe concerto written by a prominent Black composer in the mid-20th century. This performance of the work will be the third in 81 years. This beautiful concerto written in E minor served as Kay’s final thesis for his graduate degree at the Eastman School of Music. In 1940, It was performed by the Rochester Civic Orchestra with Professor Robert Spenkle as the soloist. Underwood is the principal oboist of the Nashville Symphony and the associate professor of oboe at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. An Emmy Award winner, he is the recipient of the 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award. Underwood is an F Lorée Artist.
At the International Double Reed Society Conference 2022, world-class artists and pedagogues from around the globe will assemble in Boulder to present five-days of performances, masterclasses, and lectures.