March 15, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
The Maryville College Concert Choir will celebrate its return from the 2013 Spring Choir Tour with a Homecoming Concert on Tues., March 26.
The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, is free and open to the public. Donations to the choir are always appreciated.
Also during the event, the choir will begin selling its newly released CD, titled "A Celebration of Gratitude," which includes recordings from the 2012 Scotland Choir Tour.
On March 13, choir members embarked on the tour, which included performances in churches and high schools in upper East Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The concert is titled “We Are Not Alone,” which is also the title of the 2013 tour.
“This year’s theme explores the idea of how we are never truly alone; that the love of God, of family, friends and even strangers follows each of us through our daily journey of life,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College.
During the concert, the Concert Choir will perform songs performed during the tour, including Pepper Choplin’s “You Are Not Alone,” which is the inspiration for the tour theme. Other selections include “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff; “The Lamb” by John Tavener; “Prayer of the Children” by Kurt Bestor; and “Witness” by Jack Halloran.
“And of course, we must celebrate the connection with our Scottish/Celtic heritage with music such as ‘Loch Lomond’ arranged by Jonathan Quick and ‘Dulaman’ by Michael McGlynn,” Wilner said.
Three small vocal ensembles comprised of MC Concert Choir members will also perform. “Off Kilter” is a small auditioned ensemble comprised of upperclassmen. The group presents more recent music and arrangements by the British a capella ensemble King’s Singers. The “Lads” is a men’s ensemble, and the “Lassies” is a women’s ensemble, and both groups were formed in fall 2011 from student interest and initiative.
- Fri., April 12, 3 p.m.: Tennessee Music Education Association Conference, Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Fri., April 12, 7 p.m.: Rivermont Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Sun., April 21, 11 a.m.: New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville, Tenn.
- Sat., April 27, 4:15 p.m.: Rossini Festival, Knoxville, Tenn.
For more information about the performances, please contact Wilner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865.981.8151.
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.