Orchestra at MC to perform music by American composers Oct. 22

Orchestra at MC to perform music by American composers Oct. 22

Sept. 26, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

The Orchestra at Maryville College will kick off the 2012-13 concert season with its Fall Concert, led by Maestro Bill Robinson, on Mon., Oct. 22.

The opening concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, will feature the music of American composers.

The program includes William Schuman's "New England Triptych," which is based on three pieces by William Billings, an American composer during the Revolutionary War period; Aaron Copland's famous "Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring;" a medley of George Gershwin tunes; and "Symphony No. 2," the "Romantic" symphony of Howard Hanson.

“The first concert of the season is always exciting,” Robinson said. “There are new orchestra members, new concertgoers and an air of anticipation. Our first concert of music by American composers promises to have some familiar tunes in original settings, as well as some pieces that are new to most of our audience. We invite our community to experience the sound and atmosphere of live classical music.”

Over 70 members strong, the Orchestra at MC is a College and community ensemble dedicated to bringing quality live symphonic music to the Blount County area four times a season. This year’s Orchestra includes students from Maryville College, the University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State Community College, as well as community members from Maryville, Oak Ridge and Knoxville.

The next concert on the schedule is a Christmas concert slated for Dec. 3. During that concert, the orchestra will perform seasonal music and join forces with the Maryville College Community Chorus to perform traditional and well-known carols.

Tickets for the Oct. 22 performance 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.