MACC Singers host 2016 Spring Concert
The MACC Singers are preparing for their annual Spring Concert on Friday, April 29 at 7pm in the MACC Auditorium. This year's program will feature an eclectic mix of various types of choral music.
The ensemble will begin the concert with the Alleluia by the well-known American composer Randall Thompson before moving to a Luo folk song titled Hombe. The piece is a Kenyan song used to protect a sleeping child from hyenas. Guzel Tuhbatullina will be the featured soloist in this selection.
Eric Whitacre's The Seal Lullaby has been a favorite of the choir because of the rich, modern harmonies and tender phrasing Whitacre adds to the text. Another stunning selection is an arrangement of The Missouri Waltz, Down in Missouri by Greg Gilpin.
During the semester, the Singers had the opportunity to perform before visiting educators from Hungary. The choir prepared "Three Hungarian Folk-Songs" by Matyas Seiber for their guests. The selection includes the 3 short pieces of the quick The Handsome Butcher, the slower contemplative Apple Apple, and a very fast The Old Woman. Staying in the Eastern Europe context, the choir will perform Zigeunerleben, A Gypsy's Life, by the German composer Robert Schumann.
Later in Friday's performance, the choir will lighten the mood with Rhythm of Life arranged by Richard Barnes. This fast moving selection is from the Broadway musical "Sweet Charity" and was sung by Sammy Davis, Jr. in the movie version of this musical. The spiritual City Called Heaven arranged by Poelinitz is a "surge-singing" gospel number that will feature Justas Miles and Cara Brokes as soloists.
The choir will conclude the concert with You Are the New Day by John David and arranged by Peter Knight. This song is part of the King's Singers usual repertoire and is one of their most covered arrangements.
At each Spring Concert selected vocal students taking Applied Voice under the instruction of MACC Voice Instructor Jonean Ratliff are featured in the concert. This year Jaime Clark of Columbia, Justas Miles of Moberly, Guzel Tuhbatullina of Turkmenistan, and Seth Camara of Columbia were selected to perform vocal solos.
Karen Werner, Associate Professor Music, directs the MACC Singers and Jean Harvey of Salisbury will provide the piano accompaniment. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for students and may be purchased at the door. All MACC faculty, staff, and students are free. All proceeds from the concert go to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation which provides music education opportunities for students that may not have the outside resources to buy instruments or participate in a music program.