MVC to host choral show

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Vocalist Matt Brown is one of the soloists who will be featured in this week's Missouri Valley College choral show.

Missouri Valley College's Eckilson-Mabee Theatre will be filled with the sounds of the season this week as the college's choirs present the annual Celebration of Christmas choral show.

The show, with performances on Dec. 1 and 2, will feature the MVC Concert Choir, Valley Connection show choir and the MVC Gospel Singers. The free performances begin at 7:30, with open seating starting at 7 p.m.

Diana Malan, professor of music, said the students under her direction have worked to put together a show for people of all ages.

"This is a show the whole family can enjoy," she said. "Our show has a little something for everyone; traditional holiday songs, humor, nostalgia, dancing and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus."

The MVC Concert Choir will open the show with performances of a number of traditional holiday songs. Audiences will likely recognize "Carol of the Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Silent Night" and "The Little Drummer Boy." The choir's featured soloists include freshman Kristen Ray, junior Jill Adametz, sophomore Sarah Hoorman and Marshall native senior Leesa Morton.

When the Valley Connection show choir takes the stage, audiences will be treated to renditions of "Goin' on a Sleigh Ride," "Winter Wonderland" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." In addition to a performance of "Hey Santa," this portion of the show will feature an appearance by St. Nick himself, Malan said. Marshall natives sophomore Ashlee Schulenberg and junior Landon Alexander, along with junior Maria Torchetti and Katie Zufall, choreographed the show choir's performance.

The Christmas concerts will conclude with the MVC Gospel Singers performing songs that reflect the Christmas story. These selections include "Mary Go Tell It," featuring a solo by junior Gold Wise; "Breath of Heaven" with senior Melody Wiegert as soloist and "Oh, Holy Night," with a solo by junior Marilyn Gwatiringa.

Other area students participating in the performances are Jennifer Bell, Shamus Bolden and Ena Banty. Professor Geoff Howard and junior James Slover designed the production's sets and lighting.

Malan said no reservations are required for the performances and added that freewill donations will be accepted to help fund future choral activities.

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