The MACC Singers will present Holiday Sounds on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the MACC Auditorium. The choir is under the direction of Karen Werner, Associate Professor of Music, and Paul Perkins will accompany the choir on piano.
This year’s Holiday concert will feature the 25 select voices that comprise the MACC Singers in songs from the Renaissance up through our present time. The choir will begin with a medley of well-known Christmas songs before surrounding the audience with a contemporary composition by St. Louis musician Sally Herman on the text O Magnum Mysterium.
The choir will perform two familiar songs with melodies that are recognizable, but with their original language. A double choir arrangement of In dulci jubilo, known as Good Christian Men Rejoice, will feature antiphonal singing. Noel Nouvelet, known as Sing We Now of Christmas, will be performed as a processional.
Three traditional carols arranged by English composers will be presented. John Gardner ‘s Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day provides a fresh and lively arrangement of this English tune. Daivd Willcocks arranged the Polish carol of Infant Holy, Infant Lowly in a very simple, beautiful four part harmony setting. Another familiar carol, I Saw Three Ships, arranged by the English composer John Rutter will be sung to piano accompaniment.
Other selections performed by the choir will be Now Let Us All With One Accord, a Renaissance selection, Alleluia written by Randall Thompson, the folk spiritual of Mary, What You Gonna Name that Pretty Little Baby? , and African Noel arranged by Andre’ Thomas.
The concert concludes with Eric Whitacre’s Sleep. This selection will be presented in a multi-media context that was masterfully produced by Joshua Thompson, an intern for Ben Leach the director of the MACC Graphic Arts Department.
A reception of hot spiced cider and other goodies will be held in the MACC Commons after the concert. Tickets for the concert are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. All tickets may be purchased at the MACC Cashier’s Office inside the Main Building on College Ave. or at the door 30 minutes before the concert.