Orchestra at MC to present fall concert

Orchestra at MC to present fall concert

Oct. 11, 2017 

The Orchestra at Maryville College, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will present “Out of This World… Of This World… For This World… : An Evening of Orchestral Selections by Copland, Haydn, Straus and Horner” on Mon., Nov. 6, 2017.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. Tickets are $5 for adults, seniors and area students. Admission is free for MC students, faculty and staff (although a printed ticket is required for admission). For tickets, please call the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590.

The program will include “Variations on a Shaker Melody” by Aaron Copland; “Music from Apollo 13” by James Horner (arr. by John Moss); “Brook Green Suite” by Gustav Holst (conducted by Chris Blankenship ’18, Maryville College student conductor); “Rosen aus dem Süden” by Johann Strauss II; and “Symphony No. 94 in G Major” and “Symphony No. 45 in F# minor” by Franz Joseph Haydn.

A college and community ensemble, the Orchestra at Maryville College brings live symphonic performances to the public stage three times per season.

"I am excited to be able to present to our community this concert of a wide range of music from this century as well as the 20th, 19th and 18th!” Eleazer said. “In the program, we will feature music that reaches beyond our atmosphere into space, as well as music our people with Appalachian roots will recognize, and a classic dance medley by master of the Viennese waltz Johann Strauss II. We will conclude the evening with movements from two symphonies by a wonderful composer from the Classical Period, Franz Joseph Haydn, that although a masterful composer, was still worldly grounded with a wonderful sense of humor. I am sure it is a concert that everyone will find something to connect with.

“Our wonderful musicians from the community and college have been working very diligently to present this to our community!” he added.

First performance with Eleazer as conductor

The concert, which is the Orchestra’s first concert of the season, is also the ensemble’s first performance with Eleazer as conductor. In August, he was named conductor of the Orchestra at Maryville College for the 2017-18 season.

Eleazer, adjunct instructor of music and voice at Maryville College, has been a professional musician, conductor and college educator in the East Tennessee area for more than 30 years. He is also in his tenth season of serving as director of the Maryville College Community Chorus.

Eleazer holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in sacred music and choral conducting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While working on his master’s degree, he developed an interest in orchestral conducting and studied with Maestro Kirk Trevor, former conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) who taught graduate instrumental conducting at UTK. His association with Maestro Trevor resulted in opportunities to conduct rehearsals with the full KSO, as well as the Knoxville Chamber Orchestra, the UTK Percussion Ensemble, among others. He was personally invited to attend the International Workshop for Conductors in Kromeriz in the Czech Republic.

Prior to teaching college, Eleazer spent the majority of his musical career at a large membership church, where he had the opportunity to conduct a professional orchestra for several concerts each year, and where he founded an all-volunteer orchestra and brass ensemble, so while his career has centered on choral conducting, he is no stranger to the instrumental world. Once he left that church position, he was also “a very happy, content 3rd trumpet player in that volunteer orchestra!”

For more information about the Orchestra at Maryville College, please call 865.981.8150 or email alan.eleazer@maryvillecollege.edu.  

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 2018 semester is 1,154.