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MACC Singers to Perform Annual Holiday Concert


Image7The MACC Singers will perform their annual Holiday Concert on Friday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the MACC Auditorium.

The MACC Singers, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Karen Werner, will premiere the work titled Alone composed by Werner in commemoration of the year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut. This newly composed work is based on Edgar Allan Poe's Alone, a somber, dark piece that embodies the events of Sandy Hook.

The Singers will perform a few well-known holiday arrangements such as Hearken, Hearken, Mother Dear and What Child Is This. However, many of their selections are compositions not as well known such as the famous Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez's Ave Maria. Although many people are familiar with the Ave Maria text, this setting of the text is not sung as frequently as other choral compositions based on the same text.

Two of the choir's favorite compositions this semester have been the beautiful Israeli song Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses) and the prominent Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff's setting of the Ave Maria in Russian which was written for the Russian Orthodox Church. The audience will be energized by Ian Loeppky's modern arrangement of Adam Lay Ybounden from a 15th century text. Girolamo Conversi's 16th century piece, Now Let Us All With One Accord, will have the audience feeling joyful with the song's dancelike quality.

Jean Harvey of Keytesville, a former member of the MACC Singers, will provide piano accompaniment for the choir. Jean will be featured on piano in Michael Touchi's In Dulci Jubilo and will also accompany on La Bonne Nouvelle, a French song arranged by Robert Sieving.

A reception will conclude the concert in the MACC Commons with hot-spiced cider and lots of goodies. Tickets for this event may be bought at the door for $5.00 (adults) and $3.00 (students) or at the MACC Cashier's Office. All MACC faculty/staff and students are free. For more information on the music program at MACC, contact Karen Werner at 660.263.4100 x11357.


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