MACC Singers to Perform Music from Metallica, U2 & Willy Wonka
The MACC Singers will present their annual Spring Concert on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7PM in the MACC Auditorium. This year's program will feature a wide-ranging playlist of music by some of the greatest living choral composers along with other well-known Classical composers.
The ensemble will perform an arrangement of Here's One by the Kansas City composer Mark Hayes. This selection will feature Justas Miles of Moberly as soloist. The beautiful O Burning Mountain arranged by Narverud and "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory have been the favorites of this choir because of their rich modern harmonies and the tender phrasing each of these arrangers have given to the beautiful text.
Composer Chris Massa's work with the powerful text of Christina Rossetti's poem All Flesh Is Grass will be performed and Trinity Dixson of Columbia will be the featured soloist in the spiritual My God Is So High arranged by Moses Hogan. The choir will perform three exciting, energetic selections including a Gloria by David Giardiniere, the Quaker hymn How Can I keep from Singing? arranged by the well-known American composer Gwyneth Walker, and a traditional South African song Umahlalela arranged by Michael Barrett.
Some audience members may recognize the song Nothing Else Matters originally written and performed by the rock group Metallica. This selection will feature Aaron Nelson of Fulton on electric guitar and Bridger Creed of Cairo on drums. Another audience pleaser will be U2's MLK. This haunting, floating melody is harmonized beautifully for choir by the English composer Bob Chilcott.
At each Spring Concert, selected vocal students from the Applied Voice classes are featured in the concert. This year John Bondy of Atlanta, Amanda Alexander of Moberly, and Hannah Reed of Harrisburg will be the featured soloists. These students are under the instruction of MACC Voice Instructor Jonean Ratliff.
Karen Werner, Associate Professor of Music, directs the MACC Singers and Jean Harvey of Salisbury will provide the piano accompaniment. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for students. All MACC faculty, staff, and students are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the concert. 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.