November 18, 2003
Karen B. Eldridge, Director of News and Public Information
The Maryville College Community Chorus, accompanied by a brass and percussion ensemble from the Maryville College Community Band, will present “A Christmas Fanfare” in a performance scheduled for 8 p.m., Dec. 5 in Wilson Chapel.
Featured selections include “O Clap Your Hands” by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Carol Fest” by Maryville College alumnus James Laster, and “Hodie,” a cantata by University of Nebraska Director of Choral Activities Z. Randall Stroope. The John Sevier Joyful Sounds, a children's chorus directed by Kathy Kruse, will be featured in the third movement of “Hodie.”
“In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, the combining of forces of three ensembles gives us representation from many walks of life. It will combine the skills of instrumentalists and vocalists from the ages of 9 to 90,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at the College. “Although their life experiences are varied, they share a common bond – a love for making music.
“A common love and respect for humanity is the essence of the true meaning of Christmas,” Wilner added.
Also on the program will be the Maryville College Concert Choir and “Off Kilter,” performing Christmas music from around the world.
The Dec. 5 concert is free and open to the public.
For more information, call the office of the Fine Arts Division 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.