Orchestra at Maryville College showcases local talent at March performance

February 18, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
865.981.8209 or keni.lanagan@maryvillecollege.edu

The Orchestra at Maryville College will present its annual Showcase of Area Artists concert on Monday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilson Chapel on the Maryville College campus.

Featured on the March 8 program will be selections from the Vaughan-Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra, performed by Daniel Clouse, and the Dvorak Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Op. 53), performed by Lucie Novoveska. Bassoonist Katherine Holland will perform Vivaldi's Concerto in E minor. Vocalists and Maryville College students Laura Atkinson and Jennifer Olander will sing the duet "Belle Nuit, O Nuit d'Amour" from Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffman," and Stephanie Burnett will perform Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto in G minor (Op. 25).

"This will be an evening of beautiful music and a sampling of the talents of our area's promising young musicians," said Genevieve Michael, general manager of the orchestra.

Clouse began his tuba studies in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the age of 14. He went on to earn a degree in tuba performance from Central Michigan University.

He has studied under many tuba-greats, such as Sam Pilafian, Dan Perantoni and Don Harry. He is now pursuing a master's degree in music theory and technology at the University of Tennessee, as well as studying tuba under Sande MacMorran.

Novoveska, a native of the Czech Republic, is currently a graduate student at the UT school of music. She has a master of music degree from the Academy of Music of Tel-Aviv, Israel (2002), and prior to that studied at the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic. She has played with many orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Czech National Orchestra and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. She served as concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of the Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University, Novoveska has recorded pieces for Czech Radio, a CD with the Funtrio folk group and the film "Schinlder's List."

Holland is from Cookeville, Tenn. She is a junior in music education at Tennessee Technological University, where she has been playing the bassoon for nine years and is currently studying with James Lotz. She has performed with the TTU Orchestra, TTU Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, CMENC, and is the 2003-2004 recipient of the Little-Evans Music Scholarship.

Atkinson, a mezzo-soprano, is a member of the Maryville College Concert Choir, Community Chorus and a select vocal ensemble group Off Kilter. A music education major, she is a Church and College Scholar and is a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville and a singer in the Chancel Choir at Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. She is also a member of Knoxville Opera Chorus, and has recently performed in productions of Puccini's "Turandot" and Strauss' "Die Fledermaus."

Olander is a graduate of the Christian Academy of Knoxville and is the daughter of Kenneth and Dori Olander of Knoxville. A mezzo-soprano, she is a junior music major at Maryville College. She has studied voice for four years, played the piano for 12 years and the oboe for seven. She is a member of the Maryville College Concert Choir, Concert Band, Community Chorus and Off Kilter.

Knoxville resident Burnette has been playing piano for 17 years. She is a first-year graduate student at UT and is currently studying with Faye Adams. Burnette is current vice-president of the student chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) at UT. She received a teaching graduate assistantship for study at UT for 2003-2004, was the winner of the 2000 UT Celebration of Excellence competition and the 1999 National Piano Scholarship Competition.

Lee Kull conducts the orchestra (formerly known as "MACCO"), which is an ensemble of professional and volunteer musicians from the community and College.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors 60 and above. Maryville College students and students 18 and under admitted free of charge, with identification. Tickets are sold at the door.

For more information, call Michael at 865.273.8871.