Performances & Events


David Zerkel, tuba and Liz Ames, piano

September 18, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Britton Recital Hall
Earl V. Moore Building
1100 Baits Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free - no tickets required


Sonatina for Tuba and Piano (2023)
James Naigus (b. 1987)

Sonata for Tuba and Piano (2023) – Fast, Largo, Exuberant
Amanda Harberg (b. 1973)

Deep, Dark Night (2019) – Wistful— Agitato
Drew Bonner (b. 1991)

Three Ballads
Clouds, Dave Ihlenfeld (b. 1967)
Mystique, Edgar Crockett (b. 1973)
Send in the Clowns, Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)

Sonatina (1980) – Moderato con moto, Andante affetuoso, Allegro
Halsey Stevens (1908-1989)

DAVID ZERKEL is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Michigan, leading an active career as both a performer and educator. Before his arrival at Michigan, he taught in a similar position at the University of Georgia. His students have distinguished themselves by winning international and national competitions and attaining positions with professional performing organizations. He is a Past President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and was selected as the inaugural recipient of the ITEA Teaching Award.

David began his performing career as a member of the United States Army Field Band and The United States Army Band, both located in Washington, DC. He has had the good fortune to perform with many orchestras and brass ensembles through the course of his career.

David has performed as a featured soloist at many workshops and symposia, including the Leonard Falcone Festival, several International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, and the United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop. In addition, he has performed as a solo recitalist at many of the leading colleges and conservatories in the United States. He has released three solo CDs: American Music for Tuba, Tuba Helper, and his latest CD, Journey, which features the music of John Stevens.

David has served as the President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association. His summer teaching activities include a position at the Interlochen Arts Camp. He lives in Dexter, Michigan with his lovely bride.

LIZ AMES is a celebrated pianist who is passionate about performing and working with instrumentalists, vocalists and composers. She has concertized worldwide, including in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Peru and France. Ames has served as a staff pianist for the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference and the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. Her publications and projects include piano reductions of large-scale works, including Wynton Marsalis’s Tuba Concerto, Henry Brant’s Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, and concertos and oratorios by Steven Bryant, Joel Puckett, Donald Grantham, David Biedenbender, and John Mackey. Ames completed her doctorate in collaborative piano at Arizona State University and is currently living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, performing with musicians throughout the Midwest and serving on the collaborative piano staff at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. She has recorded for Neuma Records, XAS Records, and Naxos Records, among others.

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