MC Orchestra, Community Chorus present Holiday Concert

Nov. 15, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

The Clayton Center for the Arts will be filled with sounds of the season as the Orchestra at Maryville College and the Maryville College Community Chorus combine their talents for a Holiday Concert on Mon., Dec. 3.

More than 130 musicians will unite to perform holiday favorites during the concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

For the first half of the concert, Orchestra Conductor Bill Robinson will direct the Orchestra in holiday arrangements by Chip Davis, the music arranger for Mannheim Steamroller. The Orchestra will also perform “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo,” the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s popular version of “Carol of the Bells;” Leroy Anderson's “Sleigh Ride;” and recent holiday arrangements for symphony orchestra by Dan Goeller.

During the second half of the program, Choral Director Alan Eleazer and the Maryville College Community Chorus will join the Orchestra to perform an eclectic blend of Christmas music, including several chorales from J.S. Bach's “Christmas Oratorio;” “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi; and a collection of holiday songs arranged by Ronn Huff.

"This concert has become a way for people from all parts of our community to come together to celebrate the season through wonderful music," Robinson said.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors who are 60 and older; and $5 for students of all ages. Admission is free for MC faculty, students and staff with ID. Tickets are $5 with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for the “Toys for Blount County” campaign. Students with Youth Leadership Blount will be present on Dec. 3 to collect toys in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer. To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 865.981.8590.

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.