Seeger Chapel steeple against an orange sunset

Milligan Orchestra to showcase Bartok, Baroque and Bluegrass

The Milligan Orchestra in concert

The Milligan Orchestra, directed by Professor of Music Dr. Kellie Brown, will take you on the musical journey of “Bartok, Baroque and Bluegrass” on Saturday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Seeger Chapel.

“It is incredibly exciting to be back on stage performing for live audiences after this 19-month hiatus,” said Brown. “To join together the music students at Milligan with these young, aspiring violinists is truly the goal of music education.”

The energetic and driving rhythms of Béla Bartók, one of the 20th century’s most important composers, will thrill you through his Rumanian Folk Dances and Allegro Barbaro. Music by Bach, Vivaldi and Tartini will provide the beauty and craft of the Baroque repertoire. The music of the Appalachian region, including fiddle tunes by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass, will round at the program.

The evening will also include featured guest artists from the Academy of Strings as they celebrate their school’s 30th anniversary. Founded in 1991, The Academy is devoted to the personal development of children and youth through quality music education and performance. They believe that “with the right environment and the right works, every child can!” These violin students of Timothy and Kimberly Barrett will join the Milligan Orchestra in performing iconic works for strings by Bach and Seitz plus some foot-stomping bluegrass tunes.

This concert is free and open to the public. Masks are required. For more information about the concert, visit or call 423.461.8723.


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 or call 800-262-8337.

Posted by Chase McGlamery on October 29, 2021.