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MACC Singers Spring Concert

The MACC Singers began their spring semester preparing for their annual Spring Concert on Friday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the MACC Auditorium. This year’s program will feature choral music by some of the greatest living choral composers, plus the premier of a work by a MACC student.

The ensemble will perform an arrangement of Home on the Range by the Kansas City composer Mark Hayes. The beautiful Dirait-on from Les Chansons des Roses by Morten Lauridsen and The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre have been the favorites of this choir because of their rich modern harmonies and tender phrasing each of these composers gave to the beautiful text.

Another powerful text of the poem Sing Me to Heaven was crafted by the composer Daniel E. Gawthrop. The choir will end with the composition of Steven Sametz titled I Have Had Singing. This song was inspired by a visit to a small town of laborers in England where the visitor saw the simple lives of these laborers and was startled by the both the harshness and beauty of their lives. It was in their music that they saw the pleasure of life.

The Singers will perform two spirituals. The first will be Great Day, arranged by Warren Martin and the second spiritual is Moses Hogan’s exciting arrangement of Elijah Rock. Josh Thorp and April Day will perform the solos in the Great Day arrangement.

The Singers will premier How Gentle is God’s Commands by Rebecca Reed, a second year student at MACC. Rebecca plans to continue her studies in music with an emphasis on composition at Central Methodist University next fall. The men will perform Bach’s “Wachet auf” from his Cantata #140 with the violin accompaniment of Margaret Lawless, director of Junior High Orchestras of Columbia Public Schools.

Every Spring Concert selected vocal students taking applied voice are featured in the concert. This year, Joshua Warren of Moberly, Christopher Campbell from Renick, Joshua Thorp from Centralia, and Joshua Admire from Centralia were selected to perform a vocal solo. They are under the instruction of MACC Voice Instructor Jonean Ratliff.

Karen Werner, Associate Professor of Music, directs the MACC Singers and Mr. Paul Perkins will provide the piano accompaniment. Tickets for the concert are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students with all MACC faculty, staff, and students free. Tickets may be purchased at the MACC Cashier’s Office or at the door. 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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