March 14, 2003
The Maryville College Concert Choir will perform its annual Homecoming concert at 8 p.m., March 28, in the College’s newly restored Fine Arts Center Music Hall.
The concert marks the conclusion – the “homecoming” – of the 2003 Choir Tour, in which nearly 30 singers traveled to St. Augustine, Fla., during Spring Break, performing in churches and schools in six cities along the way.
The March 28 concert is free to the public, but due to limited seating, reservations are required. For free tickets, contact Beth Lazar in the Fine Arts Center at 865.981.8150.
This year’s tour program, entitled “Viva La Danza!” (Spanish for “Live the Dance”), features musical selections in Latin, English and Spanish. Works represent many different musical genres, showcasing the group’s versatility. The program opens with works from the Renaissance period, moving into contemporary pieces, spirituals, and comedic selections from the small ensemble Off Kilter. The third section of the program is devoted entirely to traditional Hispanic choral selections, celebrating the history of St. Augustine and the surrounding area.
Selections from the concert include “In Dulci Jubilo,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Son de Camaguey” and “Tres Cantos Nativos.”
“This year’s Concert Choir is the hardest working ensemble that I have had the honor to work with at MC. They are extremely focused in regard to the music,” said choral director Stacey Murphy Wilner. “The seniors and I started our tenure at MC the same year – and have now worked together for four years. Through that process, we have all grown in our musicianship.”
Following the concert, a reception will be held in the Fine Arts Center Lounge, where community members can meet and talk with choir members and Fine Arts faculty members.
Closed nearly two months for restoration, the music hall now features newly upholstered seat cushions, new lighting and freshly cleaned and painted ceilings and walls. The woodwork on the stage and throughout the music hall has been refinished.
More improvements are planned for the Fine Arts Center and music hall, including enhancement of the building’s entrance, new carpeting and fixtures and upgrades in audio-visual equipment.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.