Maryville College Concert Choir Performs Holiday Concert Nov. 22

November 13, 2002

Maryville College's Concert Choir is in the holiday spirit early this season, and members invite the community to join them for a festive Concert Choir performance on Nov. 22.

The program, entitled "Carols by Candlelight," will include various works and carols (some traditional), along with two acoustic solos performed by students.

The program includes pieces that were intended for a cathedral performance, so the Nov. 22 concert will be held in the three-story, acoustic-riveting atrium of Bartlett Hall, said Choral Director and Music Instructor Stacey Wilner.

"The atrium " allows for a certain musical intimacy that should complement the type of literature chosen for the concert," said Wilner. "This type of setting is also conductive to the intimacy of this program of motets, carols and madrigals."

The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. with traditional choral literature. Works expected include "In Dulci Jubilo" by Gordon Young, "Christus factus est" by Anton Bruckner and "Hodie, Christus natus est" by Francis Poulenc.

Also expected is "Water Under Snow is Weary," by Harri Wessman, which will be performed with women's voices accompanied by freshman Amy Lundell on flute.

To conclude the first half of the concert, a set of carols from England, France, Germany, Ukraine and Austria will be preformed.

The second half of the concert will begin by performances from Off Kilter, a small ensemble formed from the Concert Choir. Off Kilter will perform "Sing We and Chant It" by Thomas Morley and "Lullay my Liking" by Gustav Holst. Three works of P.D.Q. Bach, "My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth," "Good King Kong Looked Out," and "Throw the Yule Log on Uncle John" are also being practiced. The ensemble will perform the traditional "Coventry Carol."

Joining with the Concert Choir, the ensemble will conclude with "Gaelic Blessing" by John Rutter, "Silent Night," a traditional carol featuring sophomore Matthew Lambert on the guitar, and "Lutkin Benediction," by Peter Lutkin.

"The members of the Concert Choir have worked very hard this semester preparing some extremely difficult choral literature," Wilner said. "Both "Christus factus est" by Anton Bruckner and "Hodie, Christus natus est" by Francis Poulenc are extremely demanding pieces of music. They require a certain level of musicianship and work ethic to perform well, and the members of the Concert Choir have lived up to the demands of performing such challenging pieces."

Approximately 35 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 Nov. 22 concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Fine Arts Division office at 865.981.8150.