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Maryville College choir to perform in Kingsport

March 7th, 2014 11:15 am by Staff Report

Maryville College choir to perform in Kingsport

The Maryville College concert choir will perform in Kingsport on Wednesday, March 12.

“American Echoes” is the theme of the Maryville College Concert Choir’s 2014 Spring Choir Tour, set for March 12-19. Performances are scheduled for churches and high schools in East Tennessee, Virginia, Delaware and Washington D.C.

The choir will perform at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 at First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport.

“This year’s theme explores the musical echoes of the great American ‘melting pot’ and the resulting influence on choral music in our country,” said Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College.

The program will include classic sacred selections such as “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson and “Pilgrim’s Hymn” by Stephen Paulus; spirituals such as “I Know I Been Changed” arranged by Roy Belfield and “I Can Tell the World” by Moses Hogan; and folk influence as in “Shenandoah” arranged by James Erb and “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye” arranged by Alice Parker.

“As a melting pot, we must also include classic choral selections with European influences, such as ‘If Ye Love Me’ by Thomas Tallis and ‘Cantique’ by Gabriel Faure,” Wilner said.

Off Kilter, a small SATB a cappella ensemble, presents more recent music and arrangements by the King’s Singers. Lads is an all-men’s group, and Lassies is an all-ladies ensemble. During choir tour performances, these ensembles will explore the influence of jazz and blues, along with the more popular side of American music, with selections such as “Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” made famous by the Andrew Sisters.

“In Greek mythology, Echo is a nymph who loved her own voice,” Wilner said. “America has been slowly developing its own voice, one that is rich in musical and cultural diversity.

“The many different strands that have been woven together to create a musical tapestry that we consider distinctly ‘American’ are actually conceived from many cultures of the world — from the African influence in spirituals, the French influence in color and timbre, to the British influence in folksong, our music has deep roots that connect us to the rest of the world. This year’s theme allows us to explore those influences and hear them in the music that we now consider our own.”

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