Community Concert Band's April 22 performance will explore the moods of spring

April 12, 2004
Contact: Bob Heintz, volunteer publicity chairperson 982.6834

Lovers of concert band music are invited to enjoy the Maryville College-Community Concert Band’s spring concert, scheduled for 8 p.m., April 22, in the College’s Wilson Chapel auditorium. The program will musically explore the various moods, tempos, senses and nuances of the vernal season.

There is no charge.

The program will kick off with four contrasting sections from the “Royal Fireworks” by George Frederick Handel. Following this will be the moving sense of serene, quiet adoration in César Franck’s “Panis Angelicus” and Elliot Del Borgo’s “Parable,” a symphonic poem originally based upon the hymn “Were You There When They Crucified the Lord.”

The mood and tempo will then step up with Douglas Court’s “Song of the Matador,” saluting bullfighting, the national sport of Spain. The music portrays this colorful spectacle with an opening theme as the bull and brave matador survey each other. Soon the contest begins, and the energetic music depicts the spirit of this unique event. Then the band turns back to the introspective with “At Dawn They Slept” by Jay Bocook. The work depicts the United States’ military presence at Pearl Harbor in the time preceding and the tragic day of December 7, 1941.

Band members will have the opportunity to display their proficiencies in the majestic “Anthem for Winds and Percussion” by Claude T. Smith. “Elijah Rock,” a traditional spiritual in a setting by Jester Hairston and adapted for band by Frank Erickson will follow, and the concert will conclude with perhaps the most famous “mood” theme of all – “In the Mood,” the swinging big band favorite of the 40’s from the Glenn Miller repertoire arranged for concert band by Andy Clark.

Now beginning its 12th season, the Maryville College-Community Concert Band was founded in the spring of 1992 by music director and Maryville College Associate Professor of Music Dr. Larry Smithee. The more than 60 members of the organization include working musicians, educators, high school and college students, business professionals and retirees from our local area. Many of the musicians have been with the organization from the very beginning.

The group rehearses weekly during the school year in order to perfect their vast and varied repertoire.

During Smithee’s spring sabbatical, the band is being directed by interim conductor Carol Bailey. Bailey, a regular member of the band’s woodwind section and 200x graduate of Maryville College’s music program, is now pursuing her master’s degree in music at the University of Tennessee.

For more information, contact the College’s Fine Arts Division 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.