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‘Carnival of the Animals’ showcases regional musical, ballet talent

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Sept. 16, 2010) — The East Tennessee Regional Symphony, in collaboration with City Youth Ballet of Johnson City and the Milligan College Orchestra, will bring “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns to life for area students on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. in Milligan’s Seeger Memorial Chapel.

The performance is presented under the leadership of Maestro Lewis Dalvit, who is assisted by choreographer Susan Pace-White, director of City Youth Ballet, and Dr. Kellie Brown, Milligan’s orchestral director and chair of the music area.

Narrated by Milligan theater professor Richard Major, the witty poems of Ogden Nash combined with the music, dance and costumes will provide an exciting experience for area children. This 45-minute performance will expose students to classical music, instrumentation, ballet, poetry and art. It will also give advanced students in ballet and string music the opportunity to perform with a live orchestra.

The East Tennessee Regional Symphony focuses on children, education and cultural activities. In addition, it contributes to the artistic welfare of the students of the region and utilizes the talents of its young people.

In recent years, the ETRS has performed such favorites as “Orchestra Mice,” “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” and “Peter and the Wolf,” all providing affordable field trip opportunities for area schools, home school groups and the general public.

Printable educational packets including lesson plans will be available to those in attendance.

This program will also benefit the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter. Organizers request that attendees bring a donation of pet food and other pet supplies to help support the animals in need in the area. Collection bins will be placed in the lobby.

Seats are still available for this one-time performance. Tickets are $3 per student or parent chaperone; teachers receive free admission. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by contacting Kathryn Berry atregionalsymphony@yahoo.com or 423.741.2601.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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