MC Concert Choir to present “Cathedral Classics” Nov. 21-22

Nov. 5, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

The Maryville College Concert Choir will present a fall concert on Thurs., Nov. 21 and Fri., Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

Titled “Cathedral Classics,” the concert will feature traditional choral anthems and a cappella motets. The concert is free and open to the public, but donations to support international travel for the choir are appreciated.

“This will be the Concert Choir’s first formal concert in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College.

The program will include “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tchesnokoff; “Lullay My Liking” by Gustav Holst; “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson; “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis; “Pilgrim’s Hymn” by Stephen Paulis; and “Glory to God” by Handel.

The concert will also feature several special guests, including the Knoxville Early Music Project (KEMP), an ensemble that has performed the music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods for over two decades.

Dr. Jennifer Bruce, Maryville College associate professor of mathematics, will sing “Rejoice” from Handel’s “Messiah,” accompanied by J. Ashley Burrell on the organ. The choir will also perform Gabriel Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” with a chamber ensemble that includes string instructor Christy Graffeo, local harpist Elizabeth Farr and Alice Stuart, who is the aunt of MC music major Caroline Stuart '17. Additional string players will include Shannon Daniel, concertmaster for the Orchestra at Maryville College; Daniel's son Adam Loo ‘14; orchestra member Emma Slaymaker; string instructor Christy Graffeo; and Liz Farr on harp.

Josh Sumter '16, a sophomore who is majoring in music at the College, will be the featured organist.

“Because we are featuring several selections with the organ that was brought over from the recital hall that was in the old Fine Arts building, it will be an opportunity to connect the old traditions with the new,” Wilner said. “There were many generations of fine musicians who will be with us in spirit for this ‘Cathedral Classics’ concert.

“The concert will also be a bit of a historical tour through time, from music in the style of the Medieval Period, through Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic – all the way to the end of the 20th century.”

The Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble that includes 67 student members. Wilner is the director, and Ashley Abbott '12 serves as assistant director. Jill Purvis serves as accompanist and assistant.

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.