Feb. 18, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
Conductor Bill Robinson will lead the Orchestra at Maryville College and eight talented area soloists in a performance of concerto works on Mon., March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.
The annual Showcase of Area Artists provides a performance opportunity for talented area musicians and features a wide variety of musical styles and instruments. Artists are selected by a panel of judges during auditions held each December.
A college and community ensemble, the Orchestra at Maryville College brings live symphonic performances to the public stage four times per season.
“The Showcase Concert is the high water mark of what the College Orchestra is all about,” Robinson said. “We give young, extremely talented students the rare opportunity to perform as soloists with full symphonic accompaniment. It is the perfect blend of our educational mission, as well as our role of bringing live classical music to our community.”
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 60 and older) and $5 for non-MC students. Tickets are free to MC faculty, staff and students with ID (although a printed ticket is required for admission). To purchase tickets, please contact the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590.
Sarah McMichen will perform Concertino for Clarinet in E flat Major, op. 26 by Carl Maria von Weber. McMichen, who is from Greeneville, Tenn., is the daughter of John McMichen and Cynthia Tannert. She is a freshman at Tennessee Technological University, where she is studying clarinet under Dr. Wonkak Kim. Previously, she studied under Randall Misamore. She is a member of the TTU Clarinet Society, the TTU Wind Ensemble, the TTU Marching Band and the TTU Clarinet Quartet. She previously was a member of the Knoxville Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra and the East Tennessee Youth Wind Ensemble. In 2012, she attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and she also participated in the Tennessee All-State Jazz Band and TTU Festival of Winds and Percussion. In 2011, she attended the Governor’s School for the Arts. She participated in the Tennessee All-State Concert Band in 2010 and 2011.
Wes Charlton and Chae-young Son will perform Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043 by J.S. Bach.
Charlton is a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he is majoring in industrial engineering. He is also studying violin under Mark Zelmanovich at UT. The son of Rob and Kim Charlton of Maryville, he attended Maryville High School, where he studied viola under Melissa Allen. In 2005, Charlton served as principal violist of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, and in 2006, he was assistant principal of the Tennessee All-State Orchestra. He was principal violist of the UT Symphony in 2010, and he was a concerto competition winner at UT in 2011. Since 2009, he has been a substitute violist for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
Son, a former Maryville College ESL student, earned her bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studied with professors Dora Schwarzberg, Leonid Sorokov and Klaus Maetzl. She also studied with Dr. David Johnston in Sydney, Australia. She has performed as a soloist, in a piano trio and in a string quartet in many European countries, Australia, Russia and the United States. As a soloist, she has performed with the Voronezh Symphony Orchestra and the Lipetsk Symphony Orchestra in Russia, the Beethoven Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra in Austria, as well as in Australia and the U.S. She performs in the Son Trio of Vienna, which in 2007 won the grand prize at the “Wiener Klassik” International Competition for Piano Trios in Murzzuschlag, Austria.
Preston Light will perform the Concerto in F Minor for Bass Tuba by R. Vaughan Williams. Born and raised in Kingsport, Tenn., he is the son of William and Robin Light. He is a student at Tennessee Technological University, where he studies tuba under R. Winston Morris. Previously, Light studied under Jimmie Self. He is a member of the TTU Tuba Ensemble and the TTU Symphony Band. He has also been a member of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, he received the James Allen Garrett Scholarship, and he received the Captain Anderson Scholarship Award from the Bryan Symphony Orchestra in 2012.
John Cherry will sing Anthem from the musical “Chess.” Cherry, who lives in Maryville but has traveled the world during his time in the United States Air Force, has been singing for 40 years. He studies voice under Terry Wilson. Previously, he studied under Ellie Michelopoulos at the University of Tennessee. Cherry is a member of the First United Methodist Church Maryville Choir and Men’s Chorus. He has sung with several community and Air Force bands and orchestras, including the Lompoc Pops Orchestra in Lompoc, Calif., the Allan Hancock College Community Band in Santa Maria, Calif., and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West at Travis Air Force Base in California.
Mayuki Miyashita will perform Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Miyashita, the daughter of Yuji and Nana Miyashita was born in Japan but has lived in Maryville since June 2011. A 7th-grader at Montgomery Ridge Intermediate School, she studies piano under Dr. David Northington. Previously, she studied under Chiyoe Torimoto of Yamaha Music in Japan. She won first place at the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) State Competition, the 2012 Tennessee Music Teachers Association (TMTA) Concerto Competition and 2012 TMTA Solo Competition. She received an honorable mention at the 2011-2012 MTNA Southern Division Competition.
Seth Tinsley, a tenor, will sing Total Eclipse from “Samson” by G.F. Handel. Tinsley, who is from Knoxville, is the son of Denice Tinsley. He is a junior at Maryville College, where he is majoring in vocal performance and studying voice under George Bitzas. Previously, he studied voice under Carroll Freeman, Kaye Freeman and Burt Rosevear. Tinsley is a member of the MC Concert Choir, Off Kilter, the Knoxville Opera and First Presbyterian Church’s Chancel Choir and Musica Sacra ensemble. He has performed opera at Maryville College, the Knoxville Opera, the University of Tennessee Opera, Karns High School and in Novafeltria, Italy. He has performed theatre and musical theatre roles at Karns High School, Cokesbury United Methodist Church and the Oak Ridge Playhouse. Tinsley has taken masterclasses with Delores Ziegler, Everett McCorvey and Robert Brault. He was a participant in the American Choral Directors Association Choir, a top scorer at the All-State Choir and All-East Choir and a final contestant in the Classical Singer’s Competition. He was also named “best male singer” at Karns High School in 2009.
Isaiah Pennington, who has played cello for seven years, will perform Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saens. Pennington is the son of Cynthia Pennington and Gary Mauldin; and Brian Pennington and Amy Allocco. He is a junior at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he studies cello under Eric Reed. Previously, he studied under Dr. Sarah Cline and Dr. David Pope while attending Maryville Middle School and Maryville High School. Pennington is a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society, Center for Creative Arts Chamber Orchestra and String Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestra, and Cadek Community Orchestra. He is a former member of the Orchestra at Maryville College, the Knoxville Youth Symphony and the Maryville High School Orchestra. In 2012, he was an All-State and All-East musician, placing fourth chair in the state. In 2011, he was principal cellist of the region’s Junior Clinic. Last summer, he attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, studying under Alex Ezerman and Rhonda Rider. He also attended the Florida State University summer music program. In 2011, he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York with the Maryville High School Orchestra, under the direction of Mathew Wilkinson.
For more information, please contact the 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 2013 semester was 1,168.