Missouri S&T choirs to hold spring concert this month

The Missouri University of Science and Technology Chamber Choir, University Choir, and Men’s Choir will present their spring concert titled “Music: American Style” in April.

The concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in Leach Theater of Castleman Hall, located at 10th and Main Streets in Rolla. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for Missouri S&T students with valid ID and youth under 18. Tickets can be purchased in the Leach Theatre Box Office located in the vestibule inside the main entrance of Castleman Hall facing 10th Street.

This performance of the choirs will feature only music that was either written or arranged by an American composer or music in an American genre.

The Missouri S&T Chamber Choir will open the concert with “I Got a Robe” arranged by Paul Carey, “Shenandoah” arranged by Howard Helvey, and “Chili Con Carne” made famous by The Real Group.

The Missouri S&T University Choir will begin their portion of the concert with “True Light” by Keith Hampton, featuring solos by Missouri S&T students Dani Baker, a freshman in electrical engineering, and Nathan Compton, a senior in mechanical engineering. Next they will perform “Water is Wide” by Russell Robinson and “The Missa Festiva” by John Leavitt featuring solos by Victoria Kramer, a senior in chemical engineering, and Grace Lupo, a junior in biological sciences. “The Pink Panther” by Henry Mancini will complete the first half of the concert.

Following intermission, the Missouri S&T Men’s Chorus will perform three barbershop pieces, “I Love You Truly” arranged by Barbershop Harmonic Society, “Shine on Harvest Moon” arranged by Val Hicks and Earl Moon, and “In the Good Old Summer Time” arranged by the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.  The Men’s Chorus will continue with “Ride the Chariot” arranged by William Henry Smith, featuring solos sung by S&T student Wes Parnell, a freshman in engineering management; S&T alumni affairs manager Logan Campbell, S&T student Nathan Compton, a senior in mechanical engineering; and S&T student Trey Nasteff, a senior in mechanical engineering. Their final piece, “The Awakening” by Joseph Martin, is a composition telling of the importance of music.

The Missouri S&T Chamber and University Choirs will perform “I Hear a Voice A-Prayin’” by Houston Bright and “Cindy” arranged by Mack Wilberg to finish the concert.

For more information, contact conductor Lorie Francis at lorief@mst.edu.