MACC Singers to Perform
The Moberly Area Community College Singers will perform their annual Holiday Concert on Friday, December 5 at 7PM in the MACC Auditorium.
Under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Karen Werner, the choir will begin the concert by surrounding the audience with well-known Christmas songs before performing Hodie Christus Natus Est (Today Christ is born) by the Renaissance composer Giovanni Palestrina. They will continue the concert with the John Rutter arrangement of Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day.
The concert will include other well-known holiday arrangements, including Away in a Manger and Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella, which will be accompanied by Aaron Nelson on classical guitar. Another familiar tune, Sing We Now Noel, will feature the women of the choir.
The Singers will present four songs composed for the Ordinary of the Mass. They will begin with the Kyrie from the 'Memorial Mass' by Rene Clausen, followed by the women performing Nancy Hill Cobb's Gloria. After the chanting of the Sanctus, the choir will conclude this section of their concert with the Agnus Dei from the 'Missa Romantica' by James Quitman Mulholland.
Some audience members may recognize a Susan La Barr arrangement of the Canadian Huron Carol, as well as the African Noel arranged by Andre J. Thomas. Johannah Thomas will accompany the choir with the djembe on the African Noel. The choir will conclude the concert by singing Good-Night by Matthew Emery. This final composition will be performed in candlelight as images are shown of the earth taken from the International Space Station.
Jean Harvey of Salisbury, Missouri, and a former member of the MACC Singers, will provide piano accompaniment for the choir.
A reception will follow the concert in the MACC Commons with hot, spiced cider and sweets. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00 (adults) and $3.00 (students). MACC faculty/staff and students are free.