MACC SINGERS TO PRESENT HOLIDAY CONCERT
The MACC Singers will present a concert of Holiday music on Friday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the MACC Auditorium. The choir under the direction of Karen Werner, Professor of Music, will feature both familiar and newly composed Holiday music. The choir will be accompanied on piano by Jean Harvey of Keytesville, Missouri.
The audience will be treated to well-known carols both in traditional arrangements and those arranged with a modern twist. The Norman Luboff arrangement of the Austrian carol Still, Still, Still and the Carol of the Bells will delight the audience with their familiar melodies and wonderful harmonies.
The audience will be energized by a rhythmic Brant Adams arrangement of Here we come a-caroling, along with Stacey V. Gibbs arrangement of the spiritual Go, Tell It on the Mountain. Going back to the 16th century the Renaissance composer Girolamo Conversi’s Now Let Us All With One Accord will have the audience feeling joyful with the song’s dancelike quality. Also from this time period, but with a more reflective tone, the choir will chant Tomas Luis de Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium.
The popular group Pentatonix have been delighting audiences since they won the show “The Sing Off” in 2011. The MACC Singers are excited to present two of this group’s a cappella arrangements. Their arrangement of Silent Night treats this familiar carol with lush harmonies. Using hand percussion, the choir will also sing Pentatonix’s version of White Winter Hymnal, originally performed by the indie folk band Fleet Foxes.
The audience will hear a reflective arrangement of Bethlehem, a traditional shape-note hymn from the American songbook known as ‘Southern Harmony’. This selection will be accompanied by University of Missouri students Miguel Calleja Rodriguez on violin and Daniel Keeler on cello. This string duo will also accompany O Notte, an original composition by Randall Stroope. The text of O Notte is based on a sonnet by the great artist Michelangelo combined with a poem by the German literary scholar Friedrich Rueckert.
Ashlynne Alexander , the 11 year old daughter of former MACC Singer Amanda Alexander, will perform the solo in the Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory arrangement of Hope for Resolution. The juxtaposition of a well-known Gregorian chant and a South African anti-apartheid song speaks to us to find our potential towards a peaceful coexistence.
Following the concert there will be a reception of hot spiced cider and Holiday goodies in the Gary D Steffes Conference Room in the Main Building of the MACC campus. Tickets for the concert may be bought at the door for $5.00 (adults). All students and MACC faculty/staff are free.