Making music in Maryville

The Orchestra at Maryville College presented its annual Showcase of Area Artists on March 2, held for the last time at First Baptist Church in Maryville.

Next year’s showcase will be the Orchestras inaugural event in the new Civic Arts Center, a performance space which will give the Orchestra a great deal more flexibility. Notably, the CAC will give the Orchestra the ability to include concert pianists, which cannot be accommodated by the smaller stages in most private venues.

This year, nearly 300 patrons of the 2009 showcase enjoyed soloists on the French horn, flute, voice, marimba and violin, complementing the 65-75 member full symphony orchestra composed of volunteer and student musicians. Many of the orchestra members are music educators, and all are passionate about music and donate their time in practice and performance.

“It really is a labor of love for a lot of people,” said Genevieve Michael, general manager of the Orchestra at Maryville College.

Maestro Bill Robinson, also the Orchestra director at Maryville High School, led the group in seven pieces, six of which featured the soloists, who were chosen by audition in December.

The overture to Strausss operetta “Die Fledermaus” opened the performance, and the orchestra then accompanied soloists Clarissa Nemeth, Laura Ann Kappa, Colin McCall, April Martin, James Mathis and Elisabeth Nordberg.

The Orchestra at Maryville College will perform next on April 27, again at First Baptist Maryville, in conjunction with the MC Community Chorus. The program will feature American composers like Aaron Copland and Morton Gould. For more information, contact Genevieve Michael at 865-273-8871 or

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