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'Twist of Faith' concert will lift the human spirit

Katherine Scoggins • Mar 26, 2018 at 10:30 AM


The final 2017-2018 Symphony of the Mountains concert, “Twist of Faith,” takes place on Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport.

The center and stage will be alive with the rapturous and uplifting music of “Fugue a la Gigue BWV577” by J.S. Bach (arranged by Gustav Holst,), Felix Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)” and Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.”

The symphony will begin the evening with a fun, lighthearted dance fugue written as a transcription of J. S. Bach’s “Organ Fugue in G Major M (BWV577).” Famed composer Gustav Holst created a la Gigue “as an orchestration project and created a light and airy piece with dance-like qualities.”

Then, they'll mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation with the intense and powerful “Symphony No. 5 (Reformation).” The music is filled with the strength of conviction while equally creating a beautifully melodic presentation of a key point of the Protestant Reformation: the Augsburg confessions. Mendelssohn cleverly uses different musical styles to represent the Catholics and the Lutherans.

The Symphony of the Mountains will then perform Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” with Voices of the Mountains, East Tennessee State University Chorale, Milligan College Concert Choir, and the Highlands Youth Ensemble. At their core, requiems are prayers for rest, typically reserved for funerals. “Requiem for the Living,” however, creates a “twist” on the traditional form as its musical narrative is just as relevant for the living and their daily struggles. This ethereal piece uses modern-day inspiration to create a contemporary version of the traditional prayers.

Concert tickets are $30 and children/students are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased by calling the SOTM box office at (423) 392-8423 or by visiting the website at SymphonyoftheMountains.org. Concert tickets will also be available at the door.

Symphony of the Mountains is also delighted to invite community members to its 2018 Symphony Gala, the 11th Annual Evening of Musical and Epicurean Delights. The April 21 event returns for the second year to the Cattails Ballroom of the Marriott MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. The Masquerade Enchantment theme for this year’s gala creates an opportunity for guests to fashion Victorian-style ball gowns, Edwardian tuxedoes, masquerade masks, and all things glittery!

The event will begin, as it has for the last several years, with a cocktail hour featuring butler-served hors d’oeuvres, bubbly beverages, and a cash bar. As with the 2017 Gala, the dinner hour will feature live music courtesy of the Fred Goodwin band and a dance floor to enhance the evening’s entertainment. Finally, the musical repertoire will be highlighted with performances by professional musicians who are members of the Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra or guest artists. Some of the many auction items available this year include four nights at the luxurious Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, a Tensegrity String Quartet private concert, dinner for 20 at the lavish Bruton Smith Suite at Bristol Motor Speedway, and so much more.

The 2017-2018 season, “Fantastic Fate,” has been filled with new partnerships - the City of Kingsport’s free Fourth of July concert, King University’s 150th anniversary celebration, the Dobyns-Bennett High School band, Washington County (Virginia) Public Library and Emory & Henry College to name a few - and the renewing of long-standing connections like those with the McClain Family Band, Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, Academy of Strings, ETSU, Milligan College, Mountain Mission School, and Buchanan County (Virginia) schools. It has been a truly fantastic season, made possible by your support!

For tickets or information, call (423) 392-8423.

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