Two mezzo-sopranos perform selections in French, German and English for junior recitals

February 18, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
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Laura Atkinson and Jenny Olander, music majors at Maryville College, will present their junior recital, Sunday, Feb. 29, at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Music Hall on the College campus.

Choosing selections from French, German and English composers, the singers will be accompanied by Alina Rosevear. Atkinson will begin the evening with "Come All Ye Songsters" by Purcell, and "Quella fiama" by Marcello. Atkinson and Olander will perform two duets, "Turn Then Thine Eyes" by Purcell and "Many A New Day" by Rogers and Hammerstein.

The College's a cappella group Off Kilter will be featured with the singers in the French language set for the performance of "Belle nuit," by Offenbach. Both Atkinson and Olander are members of Off Kilter.

Olander will perform solo for "Sommerland" and "Die Mainacht" by Brahms, and "Ici bas" by Faure and "Les cloches" by Debussy. Her performance of "Mister Snow" by Rogers and Hammerstein will open the musical portion of the recital.

Olander is a graduate of the Christian Academy of Knoxville and is the daughter of Kenneth and Dori Olander of Knoxville. She has studied voice for four years played the piano for 12 years and the oboe for seven. She is a member of the Maryville College Concert Choir, Concert Band and the Community Chorus.

Atkinson is a member of the Maryville College Concert Choir and Community Chorus. She is a Church and College Scholar and is a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky., and a singer in the Chancel Choir at Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. She is also a member of Knoxville Opera Chorus, and has recently performed in productions of Puccini's "Turandot" and Strauss' "Die Fledermaus."

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.