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The Maryville College Community Chorus and the Orchestra at Maryville College, both under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will present “A House Divided,” a spring concert featuring music from the era of the American Civil War.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Mon., April 30, 2018 in the Clayton Center for the Art’s Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

Tickets are $5 for adults, seniors and area students. Admission is free for MC students, faculty and staff with ID, although a printed ticket is required for admission. To purchase tickets, please contact the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590 or visit claytonartscenter.com.

Orchestral music will include "American Tribute" and "Ashokan Farewell," both based on Civil War-era popular melodies, as well as "Shenandoah," arranged by Maryville College senior music major Chris Blankenship ’18. The first half of the concert will also feature select MC choral ensemble "The Lads" performing "Tell My Father" with the Orchestra. "Tell My Father" comes from the musical "The Civil War" by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy. The dramatic song brings the reality of war into strikingly personal terms as a young soldier sings of his father and his own mortality.

The second half of the concert features the Maryville College Community Chorus presenting Knoxville composer John Purifoy's stunning work "Chronicles of the Blue and Gray," which was commissioned for the consequential of ending of the Civil War. The work chronicles in detail the dissolution of the Union through the major battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, the assassination of Lincoln and the reuniting of the Union.

Vocal soloists will include several Maryville College students, as well as Community Choir members.

"I believe this is some of the most powerful, emotional, personal and stunning music representing this dark and challenging period in our young nation's history," Eleazer said. "My hope is that as we face these uncertain times in our present divided national political leadership, we may learn from the violence and division of our history and move forward toward a unified future. It will be a wonderful concert for everyone's tastes.”