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Volume 26, Number 12 — December 2018


MECCA has long history with Biltmore

Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy has a long history performing at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. It began when Beth McCoy (former artistic director) took a handbell choir to perform there, and the Biltmore staff invited her to bring her choir. After that invitation, she started taking the MECCA choirs.

Cantemus Women’s Choir part of family holiday tradition

Cantemus Women’s Choir, directed by Patricia Denmark, first performed at Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina, in 2015.

Ellis and Parker’s Bittersweet Two performs at Biltmore

Charlotte Ellis, flute, and Sandra Parker, harp, have performed separately at Biltmore for years. This year, they perform as a duo, Bittersweet Two.

About the director of Cantemus Women’s Choir

Patricia Denmark is the founder and director of Cantemus Women’s Choir, an areawide community choir, and she is in her 18th year as the music director of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.

Cantemus celebrates its fifth season

In 2014 Patty Denmark, the assistant choir director at Dobyns Bennett, and Jane Morison, the artistic director of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, were attending the American Choral Director’s Association Conference in Florida, listening to choirs from around the country. “During one particularly good concert, I told Jane I wished we had a women’s choir in Kingsport,” Denmark says, “and her immediate response to me was ‘Well, start one.’” And that’s what Denmark did.

Local musicians perform at Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate celebrates the holidays in magnificent style and many local musicians have been a part of that celebration.

Arts for Youth — Students win Christmas Card Contest

The Sullivan County Tennessee School System holds an annual Christmas Card Art Contest for its students. The winning cards are used as the system’s holiday card to be sent to their Christmas list.

Highlands Ballet Company presents ‘The Nutcracker’

What is the magic of “The Nutcracker?” There is an eternal enchantment in Tchaikovsky’s music, which was written in 1891 for “The Nutcracker” ballet. For the audience member, it is just impossible not to respond to the delicate, swelling joy of “The Waltz of the Flowers,” or the “Land of Snow” that glistens like sunlight on frost. The Nutcracker speaks to our childlike sensibility taking us back to a time of innocence, a time with no worries, a time when Christmas was magical.

Kingsport Ballet celebrates "The Nutcracker"

Kingsport Ballet prepares for a season kickoff with “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 13-16, with five performances at Northeast State’s Wellmont Performing Arts Center.

Emory & Henry to host a ‘Berry Merry Christmas’

Emory & Henry College hosts a concert by country music star John Berry Dec. 5 at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts. The concert is part of his annual Christmas tour.

Bristol Ballet continues ‘Nutcracker’ tradition

Visions of sugarplums, nutcrackers and rat kings bring Clara’s dream to life in Bristol Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

ETSU’s Yi-Yang Chen plays in Embassy Series in Washington, D.C.

Yi-Yang Chen, assistant professor of piano and music theory in the East Tennessee State University Department of Music, was invited by the embassy of Taiwan to perform at the Arts Club of Washington, D.C., in November as part of the Embassy Series.

Brenda Mask debut exhibit is in Abingdon

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the holiday installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2018 exhibition series, with a debut exhibit of photo realistic acrylic paintings by Brenda Mask. Mask is an emerging artist, hailing from Texas by way of Knoxville, Tennessee, whose bold and fresh exhibit is entitled “Be Who You Want To Be.”

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