MVC Spring Choral Music Show promises something for all tastes

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

There will be something for everyone when 34 Missouri Valley College students take the stage of the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre April 24 and 25 for the annual Spring Choral Music Show.

Under the direction of Diana Malan, associate professor of music and theater, the students will present Disney, pop, Broadway, gospel and country music selections.

"We're trying to use every element of the newly-renovated theater with this show," Malan said. "MVC students now have a professional venue to learn and perform in and we want to share this with the community."

Malan said Broadway tunes will open the performance. Included in the program will be pieces from "Phantom of the Opera," "Godspell," "Rent," "Pippin" and "Big River."

Valley Connection will continue the show with Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind." The Connection women stay contemporary with "Emotion" by Destiny's Child while the men go back a bit with "My Girl" by The Temptations.

The MVC Gospel Singers will also sing pop music selections, performing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by the duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel and Aaron Tippon's 2002 hit "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly." The gospel singers will also perform a variety of gospel favorites, Malan said. They will sing "There is Joy Medley," which features "There is Joy in the Lord;" "Joyful, Joyful;" "We Adore Thee;" "Rejoice, the Lord is King" and "Joy to the World." They will also perform "We Fall Down" by Chris Tomlin, "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing" by Charles Wesley and Carl Glaser and "Praise his Holy Name."

The concert will also feature something a bit different: a women's barbershop arrangement. Malan said she has used the arrangement in the past with men, but never with her women students.

"One of my senior ladies and her mother participate in a Sweet Adeline chorus in St. Louis so I thought it would be fun to introduce the ladies to this style of music since this is her final show," she said. "I chose the classic barbershop song 'Mister Sandman,' which my ladies have thoroughly enjoyed working on."

The women's barbershop group will also perform the familiar Congo folk song "Kumbaya," but Malan said the arrangement is slightly different from what listeners may have heard in the past.

The show will end with a medley of Disney songs from animated films including "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Hercules," "The Lion King," "Toy Story" and "Pocahontas."

Malan said the students and faculty have worked together to make the medley the big number of the evening.

"It's 15 minutes of wonderful Disney music, upbeat choreography by professor Sarah Swenson, special lighting by professor Geoff Howard and synchronized video designed by professor Shannon Johnson," she said. "Disney music always seems to be a favorite of our audiences and we have worked to make this medley especially fun."

The production features set and sound designed by Johnson, lighting by Howard and choreography by Swenson and students Katie McGovern and Ashley McKay. Area students participating in the show include McKay, Kristy Duncan, Eric Mikles, Tom Lundy, Charlotte Ahnefeld, Mellissa Lopez and Enrique Lopez.

Tickets, $3 for adults and $1 for students and children, can be reserved in advance by calling 831-4208 or purchased at the door prior to the performances. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m., with seating to begin at 7 p.m.

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