Nov. 7, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
The Maryville College Choirs will present “A Feaste of Song,” a Christmas dinner and concert, on Thurs., Dec. 6 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.
A traditional Christmas dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer. The meal will include sliced ham with apple pecan glaze, herb roasted turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cornbread stuffing and red velvet cake.
Dinner guests are invited to a reception that begins at 5:30 p.m., with the opportunity to participate in caroling with the members of the Maryville College Concert Choir.
During dinner, guests will be entertained with holiday favorites sung by the Scottie Singers, a youth choir for students in grades two through five that is directed by Martha Robinson and MC alumna Jade Watts ’12. Highlighted selections include "Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad" and "Christmas is Coming!"
At 7:30 p.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, the Maryville College Concert Choir, Off Kilter and the Lads and Lassies, as well as featured instrumentalists, will present a program of traditional holiday favorites. Highlighted selections include “Little Drummer Boy,” “Candlelight Carol” and “Gesu Bambino.”
The Lads, a five-member men’s ensemble, will sing arrangements of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The Lassies, a four-member women’s ensemble, will sing “Santa Baby” and “The Chipmunk Song.” Off Kilter, a mixed select ensemble, will sing “Christmas Time is Here” and end with two fun arrangements of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Parade of the Wooden Soldier.”
The 60-member MC Concert Choir and Off Kilter are directed by Stacey Murphy Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College, and assisted by Jill Purvis. Wilner also directs the Lads and Lassies.
Two of the Maryville College Youth Choirs will also perform during the 7:30 p.m. concert. The Highlander Chorale, a community youth ensemble for high school singers that is directed by Purvis, will perform “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy” and “Fum, Fum, Fum.” The Scots Chorale, an ensemble of intermediate and middle school-aged singers that is directed by Robinson, will perform two songs that incorporate the works of famous American poets: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," which incorporates a poem by Robert Frost, and "Bells of Christmastide," which incorporates a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
“Christmas music brings great ‘cheer’ to most of us, with so many of the songs and melodies reminiscent of days gone by and wonderful memories shared with loved ones, many of whom are no longer with us,” Wilner said. “It is a time of joy, of giving and receiving, and a special opportunity for families and friends to share in the spirit and warmth of Christmas.”
Tickets for the dinner and concert are $32, and tickets for the concert alone are $12. Maryville College students are admitted free to the concert only with ID, although a printed ticket is required for admission. To purchase tickets, visit www.claytonartscenter.com or call the box office at 865.981.8590. If you plan to attend the dinner, please purchase tickets by Mon., Dec. 3.
This event is an annual fundraiser for international travel for the choir. Choir CDs and t-shirts will be available for purchase during the dinner and concert.
For more information about the concert, please contact Wilner at 865.981.8151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.