The Orchestra at Maryville College presents annual Showcase of Area Artists

February 22, 2010

Maestro Bill Robinson will conduct six area soloists performing concerto works with the Orchestra at Maryville College, 7:30 p.m., March 1 in the main hall of the newly constructed Clayton Center for the Arts.

The annual Showcase of Area Artists provides a performance opportunity for talented area musicians and features a wide variety of musical styles and instruments. Artists are selected by a panel of judges during auditions held each December. Faculty are also invited to perform as guest artists and do not participate in the auditions.

A college and community ensemble, the Orchestra at Maryville College brings live symphonic performances to the public stage four times per season.

Violinist Katherine Goethe of Cookeville will perform Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20, in C minor by Pablo de Sarasate. A junior at Tennessee Technological University (TTU), Goethe has been playing violin for more than 12 years. She is a student of Wei Tsun Chang and currently plays in the TTU Orchestra and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Orfeo String Quartet and has won several awards, including the Jewell Nolen Scholarship. She is the daughter of Mike and Kelora Goethe.

Hannah Shoopman of Spring Hill is a senior at TTU, majoring in oboe performance. A student of William Woodworth, she is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, the TTU Symphony Band, Chorale and Bryan Symphony Orchestra. She will perform a piece from the baroque period, Concerto in C minor for Oboe and Orchestra by Benedetto Marcello. She is the daughter of Scott and Marianne Shoopman.

Eric Dai, a 16-year-old student at Oak Ridge High School, will play Schoenfeld's arrangement of Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" Variations for Piano and Orchestra. Also a violinist and member of the Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra, Dai studies piano with Professor David Northington, music faculty at the University of Tennessee (UT). He is the son of Carol Tang.

Silver Threads Among the Gold, Concerto for Two Bassoons and Orchestra by Michael Campbell will feature Keith McClelland and James Lotz. McClelland is professor of music at the University of Kentucky and the bassoon teacher at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master's degree from Columbia University. He was principal bassoonist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for 36 years.

Lotz, professor of music at TTU, is principal bassoonist with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Cumberland Quintet and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. He holds degrees from UT and Yale University. He has served as principal bassoonist of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and the Jaap Schroeder Chamber Orchestra. An active studio musician in Nashville, he has participated in numerous commercial recordings and movie soundtracks.

Song to the Moon from Dvorak's Czech opera Rusalka will be performed by soprano Sharon Lankford. Currently a senior vocal performance major at Maryville College, Lankford is a student of Emily Douglass and a member of the MC Concert Choir and the select ensemble Off-Kilter. She sang in the Knoxville Opera Company's chorus for their Halloween Spectacular and production of Pagliacci. Lankford was chosen by the College's music faculty as recipient of the 2007-2008 Robert Bonham Performance Award. Last year, she competed as a semi-finalist in The Orpheus Vocal competition and participated in the American Institute of Music program in Austria. She is the daughter of Dawn and Dave Lankford of Maryville.

The finale to the program is Chopin's Grand Polonaise Brillante and Andante Spianato, Op. 22, performed by pianist Hao Feng of Knoxville. A sophomore at Farragut High School, he has been playing piano for 10 years. He is a member of the Farragut High School Orchestra and the current concertmaster of the Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra. Feng has participated in The Tennessee All East Orchestra and the Tennessee All State. He has won numerous awards and piano concerto competitions, most recently the KYSO Concerto Competition and the Nashville Curb Concerto Competition. He is also a student of Northington and the son of Jie Liu and Yi Feng of Knoxville.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors (age 60+). Tickets are free to students 18 and under and to Maryville College faculty, staff and students with ID.

For more information, contact Genevieve Michael, general manager for the Orchestra at Maryville College, at or 865.273.8871.

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.