April 5, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
The Maryville College Concert Choir will present “Pipes, Glens & Thistles: A Celebration of Gratitude” at 7 p.m., Sun., April 15 at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville.
According to Maryville College Choral Director Stacey Wilner, the concert is a way to give thanks to the community for its support of the student choir members in their efforts to raise funds for the 2012 spring choir tour to Scotland. During the May tour, titled “Scotland: Pipes, Glens & Thistles,” the choir will perform in several castles and churches in Scotland, including Iona Abbey on the Isle of Iona; Stirling Castle and Church of Holy Rude in Stirling; St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh; and Holy Trinity Church in St. Andrews.
"As the theme of our spring tour is gratitude, we are honored to present this concert and would like to express how grateful we are to the church congregations that have supported us in many ways over the years,” Wilner said.
Maryville College has long had a connection to New Providence Presbyterian Church. The College’s founder, Rev. Isaac Anderson, was called to Maryville in 1812 to serve as the second pastor of New Providence Presbyterian Church. As pastor of the church, he taught school both in his home at Porter Academy. In 1819, he established the Southern and Western Theological Seminary, which later became Maryville College.
The choir also has a special connection to New Providence Presbyterian Church – several MC Concert Choir members also sing with the New Providence Chancel Choir on Sunday mornings.
During the April 15 concert, the Concert Choir, Off Kilter and new ensembles, the Lads and the Lassies, will perform selections that fall under four themes: Faith; Americana; Heritage and Culture; and Light, Love and Laughter.
Selections include “Shenandoah” by James Erb; “Laudate Jehovam” by Georg Philipp Telemann, featuring Maryville College students Adam Loo and David White on violin and viola; “Loch Lomond” by Jonathan Quick; and “Silhouettes,” arranged by Tom Gentry.
The concert is open to the public. Donations to help support the Choir’s upcoming trip to Scotland are appreciated.
For more information about the concert, please contact Wilner at 865.981.8151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maryville College Concert Choir has been invited to perform at the Rossini Festival in downtown Knoxville on April 28. The choir, along with Off Kilter and the Lads & Lassies, will perform at 4:15 p.m. on the Cumberland Choral Stage.
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.