MC Orchestra, Community Chorus to present Spring Concert April 29

April 22, 2013
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 29 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 Aram Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance.

“Originally written for the final act of the ballet Gayane, Sabre Dance has been used in numerous films, animated films, TV series, video games and commercials,” Robinson said. “The fast-paced music reminds us of the travelling circus or novelty acts such as the plate spinners that frequented the Ed Sullivan Show.”

The Orchestra will then perform one of the best-loved pieces of concert hall literature, the Variations on a Rococo Theme by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

“The piece is the closest Tchaikovsky came to writing a concerto for cello and orchestra,” Robinson said.

Joining the Orchestra as soloist for the evening is Mathew Wilkinson on the cello. Wilkinson, who earned his undergraduate degree in cello performance from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree and teaching certificate from the University of Tennessee, is the orchestra director at Maryville High School and Maryville Junior High School. He is also a regular member of the Oak Ridge Symphony and principal cellist of the Symphony of the Mountains.

“Matt has appeared as a soloist with our orchestra in the past, performing the Elgar cello concerto,” Robinson said. “We knew that one of the pieces we wanted to do together was the Tchaikovsky Variations. We are honored to showcase the talent of one of our area’s finest young musicians and teachers at this concert.”

During the second half of the program, Choral Director Alan Eleazer and the Maryville College Community Chorus will join the Orchestra to perform Chronicles of Blue and Gray, a recent work by Knoxville composer John Purifoy that combines Civil War era melodies, lyrics and poetry.

Premiered by the Knoxville Choral Society last fall, Purifoy composed Chronicles of Blue and Gray to honor the distinguished tenure of Knoxville Choral Society conductor/artistic director and friend Dr. Eric Thorson.

“This period of our nation's history, along with its struggles and triumphs, is of special interest to Dr. Thorson, and the general outline of the work began as a result of his concepts,” Purifoy said.

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 1,198.