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It’s all about the arts this month at Roane State Community College, where the Roane County campus is in the midst of an art show and is making plans for special concerts to mark the college’s 40th anniversary.
The annual Student Art Show exhibits are in the O’Brien Art Gallery through April 26.
An open reception and awards ceremony will begin at noon April 26 in the art gallery.
Nearly $3,000 in prizes and scholarships were awarded last year.
The Student Art Show is open to all Roane State student artists and is an opportunity for students to hone their skills and gain exhibition experience.
Information is also online at www.roanestate.edu/art.
Instrumental and vocal concerts will be presented as the music department’s commemoration of the college’s special anniversary.
The instrumental concert at 7 p.m. April 27 in the O’Brien Theater will feature the Roane State Jazz Band, Bluegrass Band and Stage Band. Roane State alumni will be included.
Angela Batey from the University of Tennessee will be the guest conductor for the vocal concert at 6 p.m. April 29 in the O’Brien Theater.
The Roane State Concert Choir and guest choirs from Chattanooga State, Northeast State, Pellissippi State, Volunteer State and Walters State community colleges will be featured.
Roane State faculty soloists Cindy Stevens, Amanda Peavyhouse and Brenda Luggie will perform, and the concert will feature the UT Student Chamber Orchestra.
Also included in the vocal concert are alumni soloists, a Celebration Alumni Ensemble, and the Virtual Choir Project, where Roane State singers past and present combine via YouTube to create a digital choir.
Admission to both concerts is free; a $10 donation is suggested.
Contact Luggie at 354-3000, Ext. 4236, or email@example.com for details.
Roane State has celebrated its 40th anniversary throughout the 2011-12 academic year.
The college opened in temporary quarters at the former Fairmont Elementary School in Harriman in the fall of 1971 with 323 students.
Today, Roane State has nearly 7,000 students. In addition to the main Roane County campus, the college has campuses in Crossville, Huntsville, Jamestown, Knoxville, LaFollette, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge and Wartburg.