MC3Band to present “Something Old, Something New” Nov. 8

MC3Band to present “Something Old, Something New” Nov. 8

Oct. 23, 2018

The MC3Band, under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, will present a fall concert on Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

This fall’s MC3 concert is called “Something Old, Something New.” The old will include John Philip Sousa’s (1883) “Bonnie Annie Laurie March,” Johann Sebastian Bach’s (c. 1715) “Prelude and Fugue in Bb Major, BWV 553,” and Howard Hanson’s (1954) “Chorale and Alleluia.”

The new will include Jonathan Newman’s (2013) “Single,” and Kimberly Archer’s (2017) “American Labor Songs.”

Maryville College was a part of the commissioning consortium for “American Labor Songs,” and will give the Tennessee premiere of the composition.

“Some of the most effective protests in American History occurred in the late 1800s and early 1900s, as unionized workers stood in solidarity – despite the real threat of murder or starvation – to demand fair pay, safe working conditions, and a minimal quality of life,” Archer explained. “Another effective era of protest occurred 60 years later, ending the Vietnam War and launching the Civil Rights movement. These two eras shared powerful music. In the 1900s, activists wrote or adapted songs to rally and invigorate their people. In the 1960s, artists like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Peter, Paul and Mary revived those songs and introduced them to a new generation. This music is of resolve, justice, courage, togetherness, and most of all, of optimism and hope that change is possible.”

Established in 1992 as the Maryville College-Community Concert Band by Professor Larry Smithee and renamed by Simspon in 2015, the MC3Band includes working musicians, educators, high school and college students, business professionals and retirees from the local community. It serves a dual purpose: to provide a means of artistic expression for all its members 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.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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.