November 14, 2003
Karen B. Eldridge, Director of News and Public Information
A concert of choral music from around the world is planned by the Maryville College Concert Choir, which is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m., Dec. 6 in the Music Hall of the Fine Arts Center on the College’s campus.
Featured selections include “African Noel” by Andre Thomas, “Shepherd’s Joy,” a Celtic celebration by Mark Hayes, and “Dravidian Dithyramb,” a Hindu hymn of praise by Victor Paranjoti.
A portion of the concert will feature pieces performed by Off Kilter, a small ensemble formed from the Concert Choir. Off Kilter will perform “A Jingle Bell Travelogue” by Livingston Gearhart, which takes the well-known song by J. Pierpont, begins it in Maryville and includes travels to Spain, Austria, Russia, the Far East and Hawaii.
“ The members of the Concert Choir have really enjoyed preparing this program of world music,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at the College. “When singers learn a piece of music from another culture, they must immerse themselves in a different language, sense of tonality and musical concepts. Very interestingly, they develop a feeling of connection to this culture and an understanding that, although societies all have their differences, they also have their similarities.
“ The human experience – birth, death, joy, pain, sorrow – is similar for all of us,” Wilner added. “As the world grows into a more global community, this type of experience is invaluable for our population.”
Approximately 40 students make up the Maryville College Concert Choir. The students are a part of a long musical history that dates back to the organization of the College’s Vesper Choir in 1917. They serve as musical ambassadors for the College by going on tour each year and performing at local churches, high schools and events.
The Dec. 6 concert is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted to support choir members who will be traveling to England next summer to participate in the International Cathedral Music Festival.
For more information, call the Fine Arts Division office 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 its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.