MC Orchestra, Community Chorus to present Spring Concert April 30

MC Orchestra, Community Chorus to present Spring Concert April 30

April 11, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

The Orchestra at Maryville College and the Maryville College Community Chorus will present a joint Spring Concert on Mon., April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Maestro Bill Robinson will open the concert by conducting the Orchestra in Camille Saint-Saens’ “The Elephant from ‘Carnival of the Animals,’” followed by the first movement of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Concerto in C,” featuring principal oboist Marina Jaffe as a guest soloist.

Jaffe, who has been a member of the Orchestra since 2005, earned her bachelor of music degree in oboe performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with James Caldwell. She has also played oboe extensively in quintets and orchestras in both Massachusetts and Tennessee, including the Knoxville, Kingsport and Oak Ridge Symphonies. For the last eight years, Jaffe has been the circulation coordinator at the Maryville College Lamar Memorial Library.

“As the Orchestra's final concert of the year, I thought it would be good to highlight various members of the orchestra as soloists,” Robinson said. “Much of the music will be familiar to concertgoers.”

During the second half of the program, Choral Director Alan Eleazer and members of the Maryville College Community Chorus will join the Orchestra and perform medleys of hits from the Broadway musicals “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Misérables.”

Soloists include community members from within the choir and Maryville College students.

“This is some of the most beautiful music from two now classic, yet contemporary musicals,” Eleazer said. “Hits include beautiful duets such as ‘All I Ask of You,’ solos including ‘Bring Him Home,’ ‘I Dreamed a Dream,’ ‘On My Own’ and ‘Stars,’ as well as full ensemble favorites such as ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ and ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’ that the audience will walk away from singing!”

Tickets are available at the Clayton Center Box Office or by calling 865.981.8590. The cost is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors who are 60 and older; and $5 for students. The performance is free to MC faculty, students and staff with ID, although a printed ticket is required for admission.

For more information, please contact the College’s Division of Fine Arts 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 1,197.