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MACC Spring Concert May 12th


The MACC singers began their spring semester with a full plate of music to prepare for their Spring Concert on Friday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the MACC Auditorium. This concert will be split with two parts. The first part features traditional choral selections and the second part highlights a choral montage of music from each decade to help celebrate the 90 Year Anniversary of Moberly Area Community College.

The ensemble will begin with an arrangement of a South African song “Nda Wana” with added flair of the djembe played by Caleb Slivinski. The choir will continue with “A Red, Red, Rose” based on the text of the famous English poet Robert Burns and composed by James Mulholland.

Every Spring Concert includes selected vocal students taking applied voice. This year the voice students will perform Broadway duets. Trinity Dixson and Lance O’Neal will sing “People Will Say We’re In Love” from the musical Oklahoma. Mariah Vogel and Justin Wilson will keep the love theme by singing “You Are Love” from Showboat.

The famous Venezuelan song “Alma Llanera” will be announced by MACC student Joshwa Payajo Rodriguez in both Spanish and English. Joshwa moved to Moberly from his native Venezuela to start his fall semester at MACC. The choir will conclude the first part of the program with “Now Touch the Air Softly”. Based on a touching poem by William Jay Smith, the United States Poet Laureate from 1968-1970, this selection was beautifully set by Missouri native composer Susan La Barr.

After a brief intermission, the second half of the concert will be aided with a video featuring each decade of the college’s 90 years. Eric Dollich, a MACC Graphic Arts graduate, created the video especially for the concert with pictures from past yearbooks and the Greyhound Express. To go with each decade the choir will perform choral arrangements of “Five Foot Two”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “Rock Around the Clock”, and “Aquarius”. Continuing with decade music, the choir will surprise the audience with their interpretation of “Celebration” and the Michael Jackson arrangement of “Black and White”.

The MACC Singers received special permission to perform a choral arrangement by Dr. Mattew J. Olson of the popular 1993 Radiohead song “Creep”. With beautiful tinged harmonies and a complete feel for the unique lyrics that still speaks to many young people, this song has been a favorite of the choir. The choir will conclude the concert with the Pentatonix arrangement of the famous Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah”.

The MACC Singers are under the direction of Karen Werner and will be accompanied by Jean Harvey. Jonean Ratliff, Instructor of Voice, will accompany her private students. Tickets for the concert are $5.00 for adults and all students, MACC faculty and staff are free. This concert is featured as part of the program of the Moberly Area Council on the Arts and all season ticket holders will be admitted to the concert at no charge. All proceeds from the concert go to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation which provides music education for students that may not receive the opportunity to be involved in musical activities without outside resources.


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