Renaissance Center’s community ensembles to present concerts

Release Date: 5/16/2003. Expired: 6/5/2003

Three evenings of fantastic music await you as The Renaissance Center’s various in-house groups will be performing.

The Renaissance Center Community Concert Band and Jazz Band will present their spring concerts in the Performance Hall at 7 p.m. May 27.

The Renaissance Center’s two children’s choirs will perform at 7 p.m. June 3.

The center’s Community Chorus and Chamber Choir present their spring concert at 7 p.m. June 5.

Admission to each concert is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 13.

Each of these ensembles is a free participation group that meets to rehearse once a week and performs at least twice a year.

The Community Concert and Jazz bands are under the direction of Darin Cochran. They are open to all musicians from the amateur to the skilled professional and no audition is required. Participation in the groups is free but each member must provide his own instrument.

Cochran said the Community Concert Band will perform a variety of pieces from Festival Prelude and 1st Suite in E Flat for Marching Bands by Gustav Theodore Holst to the popular Shenandoah and Hounds of Spring.

The Jazz Band will showcase a mixture of jazz stylings, from a be-bop arrangement of Duke Ellington’s Don’t Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me and Count Basie’s Blues in Hoss Flat, to a jazz shuffle like Life of the Party, Hoagie Carmichael’s Georgia On My Mind and a jazz-reggae tune like Zsa Zsa Queen.

Jenny Nolan Diamond directs The Renaissance Center’s children’s and adult choral groups.

The Beginning Chorus is for students in first and second grades and focuses on teaching participants the fundamentals of music reading and vocal techniques.

At the June 3 concert, the Beginning Chorus will be performing festive spring music, including a “jazzy rendition” of the popular children’s song Old McDonald Had a Farm.

The Children’s Choir is for students in grades three through six. It is a treble choir that holds open auditions each fall.

Diamond said the Children’s Choir will be performing a collection of folk songs as well as music in foreign languages.

The Community Chorus, which performs June 5, is open to amateur or experienced adult singers wanting to participate in a well-trained vocal ensemble. The 70-member chorus will be performing spirituals such as Soon I Will Be Done, comic pieces such as I Bought Me A Cat and Dry Bones, sacred pieces such as How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place from German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, an Aaron Copland opera piece The Tender Hand from The Promise of Living and classics such as Danny Boy.

The Chamber Choir is a smaller auditioned group created to perform more difficult choral pieces. The 20-member group will be performing some challenging choral literature ranging from the 17th to the 20th centuries, including Robert Shaw’s arrangement of Annie Laurie, the Scottish folk song I’ll Ay Call In by Yon Town, a European folk song called What Would You Do If You Married a Soldier and The Song of Pipe and Drum, a French folk song.

For more information on any of the music ensembles at The Renaissance Center, contact Senior Director of Music Elaine Sherrill at (615)740-5545 or .

For information or tickets to one of the group performances, call (615)740-5600.

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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