Aug. 22, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
Maryville College senior Ashley Abbott will present her senior voice recital on Mon., Sept. 10.
Free and open to the public, the recital will begin at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. A reception will follow the performance.
“Having music in my blood, I have always loved performing,” said Abbott, a music education for teacher licensure major who will graduate in December. Her father is a musician who has performed with Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. Her paternal grandfather played an upright bass in a jazz band. Her maternal great-grandfather Gregory, from Cades Cove and Gregory Bald, made and sold banjos.
The program will include music from the classical repertoire. Set One will include several foreign language pieces, such as “La Maja Dolorosa” by Enrique Granados; “An die Musik” by Franz Schubert; and “Ici-bas!” by Gabriel Fauré.
Set Two will focus on English art songs, including “Come Again, Sweet Love” by John Dowland; “Go ‘Way From My Window” by John Jacob Niles; “Silent Noon” by Ralph Vaughn Williams; and “Greeting” by Leonard Bernstein.
Set Three, an Italian set, will include “Cara e dolce” by Alessandro Scarlatti and “Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris” by Antonio Vivaldi.
In addition to classical repertoire, Abbott will also have several special guests, who will join her to celebrate bluegrass – something that has not been performed during an MC recital, according to Abbott. The set will include “Every Time You Say Goodbye” by Alison Krauss; “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” by Darrell Scott; “Broken” by Cherryholmes; “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Ben Gibbard; and “Wagon Wheel” by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor.
“So if you know the words, come on down and sing along,” Abbott said.
Abbott transferred to Maryville College in 2010, after receiving an associate’s degree from Pellissippi State Community College. Since beginning her vocal training at Pellissippi, she has “been honored” to study under Jami Rogers-Anderson, as well as MC instructors George Bitzas and Alicia Massie-Legg.
Abbott has been involved with several choral groups during her time at Maryville College, including the pep band, the jazz band and the Maryville College Concert Choir. She also auditioned for and was the first transfer student to earn a spot in Off Kilter, the College’s select vocal ensemble, which has only 12 students.
After graduation, Abbott said she hopes to attend graduate school, where she can continue her studies in both voice and choral conducting.
For more information, please contact the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts at 865.981.8150.
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.