MC alumnus Hugh Livingston the featured performer in Nov. 6 concert

October 30, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

Maryville College alumnus Hugh S. Livingston, Jr., will be the featured performer in a Nov. 6 program, held in the College’s Fine Arts Center Music Hall. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

A prolific composer and arranger, as well as a nationally acclaimed pianist, Livingston is scheduled to be inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity during the event; the College’s chapter of Delta Omicron is sponsoring the performance.

Livingston, who earned a degree in music from the College in 1969, went on to receive a graduate degree in music theory and composition from the Southern Seminary School of Church Music in Louisville, Ky. For nearly two decades, the Blount County native worked as a staff composer and music editor for the Lorenz Corporation.

Among his many professional accolades, Livingston has earned an award from the noted American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and his work was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1984. Additionally, Livingston holds the world record for the longest sustained public piano performance. He has performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. To date, Livingston has more than 1,200 pieces of music in print, a book and a CD to his name.

The first half of the Nov. 6 concert will feature choirs from two local churches performing works written and arranged by Livingston. The Parish Choir of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will present an arrangement of the classic hymn, “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind.” Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church’s Cantabile Choir will perform Livingston’s original composition, “Ours the Blessing, Yours the Glory.”

Original works “A Quiet Alleluia” and “A Bell Fanfare,” performed by the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Handbell Choir, will conclude the first part of the program.

According to Livingston, the second half of the concert is more “eclectic” and “unconventional.” The program features Livingston on piano playing a series of improvisational pieces.

Drawing on a repertoire of more than 1,000 pieces of music, Livingston will improvise a medley of well-known songs from a variety of eras and genres. His performance will likely include musical classics from Nat “King” Cole, Andre Crouch and George Gershwin, to name a few.

The public is invited to the concert; admission is free.

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 1,198.