MACCO, community chorus perform ‘Requiem’ in joint performance May 5

April 17, 2003
Contact Info: Katherine Frazor, student intern

The Maryville-Alcoa College-Community Orchestra (MACCO) and the Maryville College Community Chorus will present John Rutter’s “Requiem” in a joint performance scheduled for May 5 in Wilson Chapel on the campus.

The performance, which draws on the musical talents of more than 100 community and college residents and MACCO conductor Lee Kull and Community Chorus director Stacey Wilner, begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door and are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors. Maryville College faculty, staff and students are admitted free with College ID.

Written by renowned British composer and choral conductor John Rutter of Cambridge University and first performed in 1985, “Requiem” is a work of seven sections that form a meditation on the themes of life and death.

“ This ‘Requiem’ follows the precedent established by Brahms and Faure and is not a strict setting of a Requiem Mass as laid down in the Catholic liturgy,” said Genevieve Michael, MACCO general manager. “Instead, it is comprised of a selection of texts, some taken from the Requiem Mass and some from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.”

Instrumental works also featured will be “A Richard Rodgers Portrait,” a medley of well-loved tunes from musicals “Oklahoma,” “The Sound of Music” and others. Also to be performed is the third movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 in C minor.

Special guest artist Charles Kirkland will exhibit sculptural works in metal in the lobby of Wilson Chapel during the concert intermission. Kirkland forms pieces of steel, copper and other metals into unique sculptures without the use of a blowtorch.

For more information on the May 5 concert, please contact Genevieve Michael at 865.981.8151.