The MACC Singers from Moberly Area Community College will present their spring concert “It Takes a Village” on May 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the MACC Auditorium of the Moberly Campus. All proceeds from this concert will go to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
Music has a huge impact on children and adults. Many studies show the importance and benefits that a good music program provides for children. The Mr. Holland Opus Foundation helps to keep music in our schools and communities. They donate musical instruments to under-funded music programs. This service allows the students receiving the instruments to be more creative, more expressive, and all around better students which in turn will benefit the community. The singers in the MACC Singers are thankful for having been a part of a music program and want to share the talents they have developed through a music program with you at this concert.
The concert will include many styles of choral music from the Renaissance to present day. The Kyrie from Hassler’s Missa Secunda and Come, Shepherds, Follow Me by the English composer John Bennet will showcase the style of the Renaissance Period (1450-1600) when music and art flourished. From the Classical Period (1750-1825) they will perform Mozart’s motet, Ave verum corpus, written the last year of this composer’s short life. The emotionally filled Romantic Period (1825-1900) will be represented with Felix Mendelssohn’s Lerchengesang, Op. 48 No. 4.
The concert will continue with many songs from the 20th century. The a cappella arrangement of Sounds of Silence, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s first hit song, will have many baby boomers reminiscing about the 1960’s. Come Home is another a cappella selection that was first recorded by the New York Voices in 1991 and uses very 20th century harmonies with great detail to the text.
Just newly composed, The Waking features a poem written by the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Theodore Roethke. Giselle Wyers composition truly makes you feel the Roethke text about a stroll on a beautiful summer day. The Missouri born Susan LaBarr takes the pop-gospel wedding song of Sara Groves titled Fly and writes a very moving arrangement. This brand new arrangement is dedicated to Missouri State University Concert Choral, where LaBarr sang in college and received her composition degree.
As always in their spring concert, the MACC Singers will get the audience moving with a gospel song. This spring’s chosen spiritual Lord, I know I been changed was chorally arranged by Bruce More. The concert will conclude with an African style song that provided the theme of the concert, It Takes a Village by Joan Szymko.
Tickets for the concert are on sale at the Cashier’s Office on the Moberly campus or you may purchase at the door. The cost of the tickets will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. All MACC faculty/staff and students are free. Anyone wishing to make an additional donation to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation may present a check made out specifically to this charity. Donations to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation are tax deductible and each donation will help give the gift of music to a child. You may also go directly to their website at http://www.mhopus.org/ and make a donation to their organization.