MC Concert Choir’s 2020 tour includes local performances 

MC Concert Choir’s 2020 tour includes local performances 

Feb. 19, 2020

The Maryville College Concert Choir will present three local performances that will include selections from its upcoming tour in Scotland and England.

On Sun., March 1 at 6 p.m., the concert choir will perform at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville (900 Henley St.), along with the CSUMC Parish Youth Choir. The performance is free and open to the public.

The choir will present a spring concert on Thurs., March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The concert will serve as a fundraiser for the Scotland and England tour. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590. Admission is free for MC faculty, staff and students, although a printed ticket is required for admission.

On Sun., April 19 at 6 p.m., the choir will perform at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville (703 W. Broadway Ave.). The performance is free and open to the public.

The 2020 tour theme, “Of Stones and Stars,” is a representation of the coming together of Heaven and Earth, said Stacey Wilner, director of choral activities at Maryville College.

“Part of the concert program will consist of American and British folk music that deals with topics of war, religion and redemption,” Wilner said. “Selections will include traditional music such as ‘Loch Lomond’ and an ethereal arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace’ by Swedish composer Eriks Esenvalds. The remainder will be music that is a bit more celestial in concept and inspiring to the spirit, such as ‘Northern Lights’ a musical depiction of the aurora borealis by Ola Gjeilo, and a setting of the chant ‘Ubi Caritas’ by Maurice Durufle.” 

Wilner said stones often play an important role in societal development, especially evident in the mystical world of the Celts and Saxons.

“From the astronomical wizardry of Stonehenge to the refinement of St. Paul’s Cathedral, stone work is an essential part of their culture,” she said. “The May 2020 tour includes a tour and performance at Rosslyn Chapel, a well-known center for the Scottish Rite, or the Masons, and fans of the the Da Vinci Code. The cathedrals of Europe are indeed an engineering marvel that inspire a sense of awe, both historically and spirituality, for many who enter their doors.”  

For more information about the concerts, please contact Wilner at

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