MACCO’s March 31 concert features three local pianists

March 14, 2003

Three local pianists, Chris Kim, Yu-Chi Sophie Wang and Manami Yamanaka, are the selected musicians for the fourth concert in the 2002-2003 Maryville-Alcoa College-Community Orchestra (MACCO) concert series. MACCO’s annual Guest Artist Recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., March 31, in the Fine Arts Center Music Hall.

Ordinarily, concerts of this size are held in the Wilson Chapel at the College, but the music hall was chosen for its more intimate setting and riveting acoustics. Seating, however, is limited to 250.

Kim, a student of Webb School, resides in Knoxville. Kim is studying under Patricia Zagorsky Carter of the University of Tennessee, who will accompany him during his performance. Kim will be performing “Allegro Risoluto” from J.S. Bach’s “Concerto in D minor.”

Wang, a University of Tennessee student, has studied piano for over 15 years. She was born and raised in Taiwan, but came to Canada in 1999 as an exchange student. Last year, Wang was named the MTNA Celebration of Excellence State Winner. A student of Dr. David Northington, she will perform “Allegro con brio” from Beethoven’s “Sonata for Piano Op. 53.”

Yamanaka, another Northington student, is currently a ninth grader at Maryville High School. She has been playing piano for more than eight years. She will be performing “Etude II” from Junji Inoue’s “Four Etudes” and “Arabesque II” from Claude Debussy’s “Deux Arabesques.”

These musicians auditioned for the opportunity to perform in the MACCO concert series.

“ The jury was overwhelmed with the talent displayed by those who auditioned for the showcase concert – so much so that we decided on the day of the auditions to open the Guest Artist Recital to all who wanted to perform …,” said Genevieve Michael, MACCO’s general manager.

Before and after the concert, the work of two local basket makers will be on display in the Fine Arts Center lounge. Artists Mary Kenst of “From the Heart” hand-woven baskets and Bonnie Kate Sugg will display their original baskets.

Admission price is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $5 for local students. Maryville College faculty, staff and students are admitted free of charge.

For advance tickets or more information, please contact Ms. Michael at 865.981.8151.