MC3Band to present spring concert April 27

MC3Band to present spring concert April 27

April 18, 2017

The MC3Band, under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, will present a spring concert on Thurs., April 27, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. The concert, titled “CUBED,” is free and open to the public.

The program will include “Lights Out” by Alex Shapiro; “The Beethoven Machine” by Michael Colgrass; “Foundry” by John Mackey; “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl; “Sang!” by Dana Wilson; and “The Machine Awakes” by Steven Bryant.

“Usually, concerts focus on one dimension of the audience experience: auditory,” said Simpson, director of bands and lecturer in music education at MC. “This concert will be different. The first piece on the program, ‘Lights Out,’ is described by the composer as an ‘opto-electro-acoustic’ composition. That’s an adequate description for the entire concert, really. There will be LEDs, lighting effects, rave music, performers in the audience, chanting and much more. That’s why this concert is called CUBED. Rather than providing the audience with a one-dimensional concert experience – like a square – this concert is going examine things from multiple dimensions – like a cube.”

The MC3Band serves a dual purpose: to provide a means of artistic expression for all of its members (community and student) within the wind band medium, and to provide MC students with the opportunity to perform and learn within a large ensemble setting.

Band members include working musicians, educators, college students, business professionals and retirees from throughout East Tennessee. Using a symphonic band instrumentation, the band performs repertoire from the entire scope of the wind band tradition.

For more information about the concert, please contact Simpson at

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 2017 semester is 1,181.