Missouri S&T choirs to perform spring concert

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On April 29, 2019

Missouri S&T’s arts, languages, and philosophy department will present its spring choir concert this May.

The performance will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at the corner of 10th and Main streets in Rolla. The concert will be directed by Lorie Francis, an associate teaching professor of music.

The choir performance will feature both jazz and pop songs. Jazz songs include “Unforgettable” by Irving Gordon, “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver and “Route 66” by Bobby Troup. The university choir and chamber choirs will combine to perform several pop songs that include Kimberly Rew’s “Walking on Sunshine,” “Hold back the River” by Iain Archer and James Bay, and “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.

The concert will also feature Missouri S&T students Henry Waggoner, a senior in ceramic engineering from Jefferson City, Missouri, on drums and Leanne Bissinger, a senior in mechanical engineering from Layton, Utah, who choreographed two dances. Dani Baker, a junior in electrical and computer engineering from O’Fallon, Missouri, Victoria Kramer, a senior in chemical engineering from Ellisville, Missouri, and John Beckwith, a senior in engineering management from Fairview Heights, Missouri, will perform vocal solos.

“This concert is a bit of a stretch for some of the members,” says Francis. “Not only are the students dancing to two of the pieces, six of the pieces are jazz, a style which the majority of the students have not studied before. Improvising a melodic line, using scat syllables – along with foreign harmonies – has been a rewarding challenge.”

Tickets are $5 for the public and free to youth, ages 18 and under, and to Missouri S&T students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchases 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from the Leach Theatre Box Office, located in the vestibule inside the main entrance to Leach Theatre, facing 10th Street. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 573-341-4219.

For more information on the performance or Missouri S&T’s performing arts programs, call the performing arts office at 573-341-4185.

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