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Milligan Concert Choir to finish tour at home with “On the Journey”

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (March 11, 2015) – Fresh off their spring break tour, the Milligan College Concert Choir will perform “On the Journey,” a varied program of music from their tour, in three upcoming performances.

The first concert will be on Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Chapel. The second will be on Sunday, March 22, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tennessee. In addition, the Concert Choir and Orchestra will participate in the morning worship service at 11 a.m. at the church. These events are free and open to the public.

“After touring through the mid-west, these talented singers are excited to share this program that will explore the journeys of life and faith through song,” said Noah DeLong, assistant professor of music.

Concert highlights include “Walk Ye in Him,” by local composer Daniel E. Gawthrop, and “Run, Child, Run,” an original spiritual by Todd Syswerda.

The performance also will feature several pieces from around the world, including “Wana Baraka” (Kenya), arranged by Shawn Kirchner; “Heimr Árnadalr” and “Vuelie” (Norway) from the movie, “Frozen,”arranged by Roger Emerson; “Loch Lomond” (Scotland), arranged by Jonathan Quick; “Tango to Evora” (Portugal), arranged by Jon Washburn; and “Kyrie” from “A Caribbean Mass,” by Glenn McClure.

The Concert Choir upholds a long tradition as an outstanding college choir. In the past, the choir sang at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., the Conference on World Evangelism-National Missionary Convention and the Tennessee State Convention of the American Choral Directors’ Association. Also, the choir frequently collaborates with the Symphony of the Mountains, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and the Milligan Orchestra.

The Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Kellie Brown, professor of music, performs throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and collaborates frequently with professional ensembles and arts organizations, including The Civic Chorale, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, the East Tennessee Regional Symphony, Mountain Empire Children’s Choir Academy and the City Youth Ballet. In addition, it is the pit orchestra for various opera and musical productions at Milligan and serves local churches in ministry.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 701 Florida Ave., Bristol, Tennessee, 37620. For more information about this worship event, contact 423.764.7176.

To learn more about Milligan’s music program, visit www.milligan.edu/music.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university 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 University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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