MC3Band to present 25th anniversary concert April 26

MC3Band to present 25th anniversary concert April 26

April 5, 2018

The MC3Band, under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, will present “25 Years,” a celebration of 25 years of the MC3Band that will feature music from the ensemble’s history.

The spring concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. on Thurs., April 26 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

The program will include “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi” from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, originally performed on Nov. 9, 2008; “I’m Seventeen Come Sunday” by Percy Grainger, originally performed on March 31, 2000; “First Suite in E-Flat” by Gustav Holst, originally performed on May 11, 1995; and “Army of the Nile” by Kenneth Alford, conducted by music education major Ethan Morrison ’18 and originally performed on April 19, 1996.

In addition, the ensemble will welcome Tom Delozier back to the podium (Delozier directed the ensemble from 2012 until 2015) to conduct “Cajun Folk Songs” by Frank Ticheli, which he previously conducted on Nov. 14, 2013. The ensemble will premiere a new arrangement of Pavel Tchesnekoff’s “Salvation is Created,” which the band performed in one of its first concerts 25 years ago on May 9, 1993. The arranger, composer Shaun Salem, will conduct the new setting of the piece.

Finally, the ensemble will pay tribute to its founding director, Dr. Larry Smithee, who passed away in the fall of last year. Two pieces will be performed in remembrance of Dr. Smithee: Charles Wiley’s “Old Scottish Melody” (originally performed on April 12, 2012, at Dr. Smithee’s retirement concert) and Jared Spears’ “At a Dixieland Jazz Funeral” (originally performed on April 26, 2001).

“This concert should be a wonderful, reflective journey through the 25-year history of this band, which has touched so many lives during its existence,” said Simpson, lecturer in music education and director of bands at Maryville College. “There are five members of the ensemble who are charter members and have been playing with the group for 25 years! And those folks are playing alongside members who joined the ensemble this year, both from the freshman class at Maryville College and from the local community. It really is a special group of people.”

The Maryville College-Community Concert Band (MC3Band) serves a dual purpose: to provide a means of artistic expression for all its members (community, faculty, staff, and student) within the wind band medium, and to provide Maryville students with the opportunity to perform and learn within a large ensemble setting. 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 call the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts 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 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.