MC Concert Choir returns home from annual tour -- Homecoming concert scheduled for March 26

March 17, 2004
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

The 2004 Maryville College Choir Tour embarks on a local itinerary of performances March 26, when the Maryville College Concert Choir presents its annual “Homecoming Concert,” scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Music Hall of the Fine Arts Center.

The concert is free and open to the public.

This year, the 36-member Concert Choir performed at venues in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Chicago and Louisville during the College’s Spring Break, held March 12-21. After March 26, the tour continues in venues in Oak Ridge and Knoxville before returning to Maryville May 9, when the choir will perform during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at New Providence Presbyterian Church.

The 2004 tour, entitled “The Sound of Light,” features musical selections drawn from the traditional choral repertoire and the American musical experience. An entire section of the program is devoted to world music, showcasing the group’s versatility and adaptability. Additionally, the program opens with three numbers, including “O Whistle and I’ll Come To Ye,” that present the musical traditions of Scotland – “in light of Maryville College’s Scottish heritage,” according to the tour program. Amusing and contemporary selections by the small ensemble Off Kilter are also included in the program.

Selections from the program include “Ave Marie,” “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner, Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and the spiritual “John, the Revelator.”

“This year’s Concert Choir is amazingly flexible in its ability to sing a variety of literature,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at the College and director of the ensemble. “They have adapted quickly to selections in different languages from traditional Latin to multi-cultural selections in Spanish and Zulu.”

Since the 1940s, choir members have spent their Spring Break on tour, performing in recent years at churches and schools throughout Florida, Georgia, Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania.

For more information on the March 26 concert, contact the College’s Fine Arts Center office 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 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.