Back for a second year, Milligan will co-host a festival for female singers from across the region. Guest clinician Joan Szymko, a prominent composer of choral music from the Pacific Northwest, will lead the festival, including opportunities for participants to learn new music and increase musical skills. Also, the finale concert will include performances by the college’s Women’s Chorale, conducted by Dr. Noah DeLong, as well as Bella Voce, Cantemus, and the East Tennessee Belles of ETSU. The fistival registration fee is $10, which includes music and Saturday dinner; the finale concert is free and open to the public.
Learn more at www.etsu.edu/cas/music/camps/womeninsong.php
Participants singing in the festival chorus, conducted by guest clinician Joan Szymko, a prominent composer of choral music from the Pacific Northwest, will present a public concert. Also, the finale will include performances by the Milligan Women’s Chorale, conducted by Dr. Noah DeLong; Bella Voce, Cantemus; and the ETSU Belles. The finale concert is free and open to the public.
Mason Bates: Mothership
Pytor Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Modest Mussorgsky/Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Tickets go on sale 8/1/17 on Eventbrite
The Milligan Concert Choir, along with Voices of the Mountains, ETSU Choirs, and Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, will take the stage with the Symphony of the Mountains to perform Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. The program will open with Felix Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5 in D Major” also known as the Reformation Symphony. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.symphonyofthemountains.org/.
The Milligan Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale, conducted by Dr. Noah DeLong, will present an exciting and varied program of choral music. The concert also will include a guest performance by the Highland Youth Ensemble, a select choir of 9th-12th grade singers that is part of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy. Together, the Concert Choir and HYE will perform selections of the program for their upcoming Ireland tour.
Vocal music education major Grant Coakley from Parrottsville, Tennessee, will present a senior voice recital, featuring works by Bach, Brahms, Purcell, Ravel, and others. Coakley has been an active member of the college’s music program, performing in the Concert Choir, Heard Mentality, Heritage, and the Jazz Ensemble. He also was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Music Student Award.
The Milligan Orchestra, directed by Dr. Kellie Brown, will conclude its season with a spring concert that celebrates National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world. The orchestra will perform pieces inspired by works of poetry by James Agee, Samuel Coleridge, Octavio Paz, John Donne, William McGonagall, and Oscar Wilde. In collaboration with students and faculty from the college’s English department, each poem represented will be read, followed by the musical interpretation. Jane Hicks, renowned Appalachian poet, will be the special guest reading her poem “Poor Valley Pilgrims,” which celebrates the historic journey of the Carter family to the Bristol Sessions, forever changing the course of music in our country. A composition based on this poem by award-winning composer Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke, commissioned especially for this concert, will conclude the program.
No instruments allowed for this fun-filled evening of a cappella music, which continues to grow in popularity throughout the country. Featuring Milligan’s three premier vocal ensembles, Heard Mentality, Heritage, and the Women’s Chorale, the finale will feature Heard and Heritage in a combined performance.