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Sesquicentennial to host "Then and Now" concert

Staff Reports • Updated May 8, 2019 at 11:50 PM

The Sesquicentennial Commission will host “Then and Now: A Musical Portrait of the 1860s and Present Day” at 7 p.m., May 10 at Central Baptist Church.

Featuring various instruments and musical genres, the concert will also include recorded sounds of trains from this region. Musical compositions have been selected from the late 1860s as well as present day to create a “then and now” experience for audience members, allowing them to experience the changes in music that have taken place since Johnson City’s founding.

The featured performers are faculty members from East Tennessee State University that include Dr. Matthew Geiger (snare drum), Dr. Heather Killmeyer (oboe with electronics), Dr. Brett Long (cornet and trumpet), Dr. Esther Park (piano), and Dr. Justin Waller (trombone).

“The compositions that they selected are representative of the time period of Johnson City’s founding,” said Anne Marie French, public information specialist for Johnson City, “and they are going to select more modern compositions. That will give the audience a view of what the music was like during the time of the city’s founding and be able to compare that with music of today.”

Central Baptist Church’s address is 300 N. Roan St. For more information about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.jctn150.com or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 — Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook.

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