MC Division of Fine Arts to present “Instrument Clusters” April 16

MC Division of Fine Arts to present “Instrument Clusters” April 16

April 3, 2019

Maryville College’s Division of Fine Arts will present “Instrument Clusters” on Tues., April 16, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will include performances by chamber musicians from Maryville College’s instrumental program, orchestra, Tartanband, and MC Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Bill Swann and Dr. Eric Simpson are coordinating the student performances, which feature ensembles taught by Swann, Simpson, Instructor of Clarinet RoAnn Romines, and Instructor of Flute Shelby Shankland.

“An instrument cluster is, essentially, the dashboard on a vehicle. The driver can reach their destination safely because of all the devices that provide information: the speedometer, the fuel gauge, etc. During this concert, you’ll hear music created exclusively by small instrumental groups – clusters” said Simpson, assistant professor of music, director of bands and conductor of the Orchestra at Maryville College “It’s only by the careful coordination of these different instruments that we all reach our destination: an aesthetic, musical experience.”

The program will feature: the Maryville College flute trio performing Frierich Khluau’s “Scherzo, Mvmt. II” from the Grand Trio, Opus 90 and Gary Schocker’s Flutes in the Garden; the tartanbrass performing “Last Will and Testament” from Anthony Holborne’s Pavans, Galliards, Almains, and Other Short Airs Both Graue and Light and Viva La Vida by the rock band Coldplay; the Clobello Trio performing movements from A. Flegier’s Concert Suite; and the Maryville College Clarinet Choir performing the 1st Movement “Fantasia” from Alexis Ciesla’s Concerto for Clarinets and A String of Pearls by Glenn Miller. The Maryville College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Swann, will perform Take the A Train by Billy Strayhorn, ¿Que Fue Eso? by Bill Swann, and the traditional tune Londonderry Air (Danny Boy).

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 2019 semester is 1,148.