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"Make Our Garden Grow" Concert at Maxwell Hall on March 7

On Thursday, March 7, First Presbyterian Church will be hosting the historic Maryville College Concert Choir for a one-night-only performance at 7 p.m. The concert is free, and open to the public. It will be held at Maxwell Hall on North 6th Street, which the Memorial Methodist Church has kindly shared with First Presbyterian for this event. There's no need to get tickets – first come first served!

The Maryville College Concert Choir, organized in 1917, will pay tribute to its college's 200-year-long history by performing alumni favorites. The repertoire is itself a journey through time, featuring "Confutatis" and "Lacrimosa" from Mozart's Requiem, contemporary compositions like "A Boy and a Girl" by Eric Whitacre, and "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide, Leonard Bernstein's Broadway hit. Tour locations include Spartanburg, SC; Sarasota and Clearwater, FL; and Valdosta, GA.

All members of the Concert Choir participate by auditioning first, and many members of the Concert Choir are music or choral scholarship recipients. Besides touring domestically and internationally, they host an annual Invitational Choir Festival that supports non-profits like the Blount County Boys and Girls Club, the Joy of Music School, and Africa-Eli.

Maryville College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. As part of their "Journey to the Heartland" tour to Scotland two years ago, the Concert Choir performed with the St. Salvator Chapel Choir, at St. Andrew's University. They most recently hosted artist-in-residence Paul Phoenix, a grammy-award winning former member of a cappella group The King's Singers.

For more information call (904) 261-3837, or email [email protected].