The Arts at Pellissippi State kicks off with ‘Evening of Jazz’

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Local band Five Plus Six comprises Vance Thompson's Marble City 5 plus six additional horn players. Five Plus Six will perform at Pellissippi State Sept. 3.
Local band Five Plus Six comprises Vance Thompson’s Marble City 5 plus six additional horn players. Five Plus Six will perform at Pellissippi State Sept. 3.

Come one, come all to the kickoff event for the fifth annual Arts at Pellissippi State.

“An Evening of Jazz With Vance Thompson and Friends: Ellington, Monk, and Beyond” is 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The concert features Vance Thompson’s Five Plus Six group performing music by Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Louis Armstrong and even Dolly Parton. The event is free and the public is invited.

“The group is high energy and a lot of fun,” said Thompson, who both leads the band and plays trumpet. Five Plus Six comprises the Marble City 5 plus six additional horn players. The group’s pianist, Keith Brown, is a Pellissippi State alumnus and faculty member.

The Arts at Pellissippi State brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. Typical of all concerts in the series, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

Here are some of the other highlights of the fall 2015 season:

  • Knoxville Opera Company Presents: “A Spectacular Opera Season!” Sept. 3 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center
  • Knoxville Watercolor Society Exhibition, Oct. 5-23 in the Bagwell Center Gallery
  • Brock McGuire Band, Oct. 7 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center
  • Heather Schroeder: “From P!$$ed to Perfect: Tales of a Farm Woman,” Oct. 20, Goins Building Auditorium
  • “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen, Nov. 13-15 and 20-22 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center
  • The ever-popular Holiday Spectacular, Dec. 3 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at (865) 539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Spring Choral Concert honors the late Bill Brewer, Pellissippi State’s longtime choral director

Pellissippi State Community College’s Spring Choral Concert on Thursday, April 30, honors the late Bill Brewer. Brewer, for many years the college’s Music program coordinator and choral director, passed away in March after a battle with cancer.

The concert is at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

Donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund and the new Bill and Sharon Brewer Music Scholarship.

The event features the student vocal ensembles Concert Chorale and Variations, led by guest conductor David Stutzenberger. Several students will perform solos.

A slideshow of choir performances, including highlights from the annual Variations study abroad trips, will be shown, accompanied by recordings of choir presentations under Brewer’s direction.

In honor of Brewer, all of the college’s choirs will join together for performances at the end of the concert. For the final piece, “Climb Every Mountain,” anyone in the audience who has been a part of a Pellissippi State choir is invited to join the combined choirs on stage.

Following the concert, the public is invited to a reception that will include performances by alumni who were members of Pellissippi State choirs and who wanted to memorialize Brewer in song.

The Spring Choral Concert is the last of Pellissippi State’s 2014-2015 Music Concert Series. The series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. All piano performances and accompaniments are performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

To sign up for notices about the 2015-2016 Arts at Pellissippi State, go to www.pstcc.edu/arts and click on the link at the bottom of the page.

To request event accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Community invited to Instrumental Concert at Pellissippi State

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Instrumental music is the featured entertainment at a concert on Thursday, April 9, at Pellissippi State Community College.

The Instrumental Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and the community is invited.

“This concert will feature more than 40 students in four of our student instrumental groups: the Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Studio Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble,” said Larry Vincent, associate professor of Music. “Each group will play a 15-minute set of music covering all kinds of styles and genres.”

The concert is one of the performances in Pellissippi State’s Music Concert Series, which is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State. The Arts at Pellissippi State brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the arts series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

All piano performances and accompaniments are performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

For additional information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State’s bluegrass, jazz bands perform March 26

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Pellissippi State Community College’s bluegrass and jazz ensembles put on a musical performance on the Hardin Valley Campus Thursday, March 26.

The Jazz and Bluegrass Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. The Hardin Valley Campus is located at 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The performance features students in the bluegrass ensemble, known as Hardin Valley Thunder, and the jazz ensemble. The event is free and the community is invited.

Hardin Valley Thunder will sing classic and contemporary bluegrass tunes, including songs by Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, The Civil Wars, and Bill Monroe. The bluegrass ensemble was formed in 2009 and is led by Larry Vincent, associate professor of Music.

The jazz band will perform a selection of classic tunes from the 1950s and 1960s, including numbers penned by jazz greats Horace Silver, Jimmy Heath, Nat Adderley and Miles Davis. Among these is the jazz waltz “All Blues,” a song from Davis’ best-selling 1959 recording “Kind of Blue.”

The jazz band has been directed by Tom Johnson since 1994. Johnson also teaches saxophone, clarinet and contemporary piano styles at Pellissippi State.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

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