Maryville College Orchestra with MC Choir and MC Community Chorus presents a Holiday Concert of Handel's "Messiah"
when: Mon, December 6, 2010
where: Ronald And Lynda Nutt Theatre
Three Maryville College music ensembles – the Orchestra, Concert Choir and Community Chorus – will join forces Dec. 6 in the Clayton Center for the Arts to present Handel’s “Messiah.”
What was once an annual Christmas tradition at Maryville College and in Blount County for more than 50 years, the 2010 performance of the “Messiah” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.
It will be the first performance of the English oratorio in the Clayton Center, which can accommodate the 100 vocalists and 70 musicians on the more than 4,000-square-foot Nita Eckles West Stage.
For the first half of the concert, conductor Bill Robinson will direct the Orchestra in Christmas pieces arranged by contemporary American composer Dan Goeller: “He is Born/Away in a Manger,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “The First Noel/Go Tell it on the Mountain,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Once in Royal David’s City,” “Sleeper’s Wake,” “A Christmas Festival of Carols,” “Appalachian Carol,” and “Christmas Fantasy for Orchestra.”
In the second half of the program, MC Community Chorus Director Alan Eleazer will lead the vocalists and musicians in Handel’s “Messiah,” which presents an interpretation of the Christian view of “the anointed one” as Jesus the Christ.
The work was conceived for secular theatre and first performed in the spring of 1742 as part of a series of charity concerts in Dublin. It has become common practice since Handel’s death to perform “Messiah” during Advent, the preparatory period of the Christmas season, rather than in Lent or at Easter. The three parts address specific events in the life of Christ. Part I is primarily concerned with the Advent and Christmas stories, which librettist Charles Jennens drew from prophecies from the book of Isaiah. The three ensembles will perform Part I, along with the famous “Hallelujah Chorus” which is taken from the book of Revelation.
Soloists are MC students and alumni, faculty members, community members and present and former MC Choral Directors: Seth Tinsley, Greg Brakebill, Burt Rosevear, Alicia Massie-Legg, Carrie Denkinger, Winston Sullivan, Bob Ergenbright, Amy Lundell, Sharon Lankford, Jen Bruce, Stacey Wilner and Doris Martin.
Another tradition for the Orchestra’s Holiday Concert is sponsoring collection of toys for local children through the Junior League’s annual “Toys for Blount County” campaign. This year, the Orchestra is pleased to offer a discount ticket at $5 for any toy donation at the door and also at the Clayton Center Box Office.
Patrons are urged to get tickets prior to the evening of the performance as a capacity crowd is expected.
• Mon, December 6, 2010 at 7:30pm