Musical Forces Combine to Spread Holiday Cheer!

Musical Forces Combine to Spread Holiday Cheer!

The Maryville-Alcoa College-Community Orchestra (MACCO), under the direction of Lee Kull, will join forces with the Maryville College Community Chorus, directed by Stacey Wilner, to present Camille Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

This program, intended to spread lots of holiday cheer, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, in the Wilson Chapel on the Maryville College campus.

Camille Saint-Saens, most prolific of the late French romantic composers, wrote in virtually every medium, foreshadowing the neoclassic revivalism of Faure and Ravel. His best-known choral work, the Christmas Oratorio, is beloved of large choruses.

Soloists will include Maryville College students Laura Atkinson, Amanda Bacon, Brian Bacon, Dwight Dockery, Jeff Jopling, Jesse Neace, Amanda Peavyhouse and community members Greg Brakebill, Doris Martin and Leah Vrba. Joining the combined ensembles for this presentation will be Peggy Rogers on the organ and Elizabeth Farr on the harp.

Ralph Vaughan Williams, nephew of the famed Charles Darwin, wrote the Fantasia on Christmas Carols in 1912, basing it on four traditional British carols. This short work, which stitches together both the familiar and the new, captures Christmas like few compositions ever have. From the opening singing cello, to the solo baritone telling us of “the Truth sent from above,” to the choir fading in the distance, wishing us all a happy New Year, Christmas is celebrated and honored. Baritone soloist will be Jesse Neace.

MACCO will also be presenting holiday selections “Three Dances, Series I and II” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival, and Shepherd’s Hey by Percy Aldridge Grainger.

The Toys for Tots program will be a part of the evening festivities with free admission to those who donate a toy. Regular admission is $10 for adults; $7.50 for seniors, and free to students and children 18 and under. Maryville College students, faculty, and staff admitted free with College ID.

For more information, contact Genevieve Michael at 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 offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.