Division of Fine Arts to Present Spring Choral Music Show

Posted April 11, 2016

The Missouri Valley College Division of Fine Arts will present its annual spring choral show, Come to The Music, April 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre. The show will feature the MVC Concert Choir, Valley Connection Show Choir and their guests, and the MVC Repertory Dance Ensemble.

“The show features a wide variety of musical styles ranging from traditional concert, traditional spirituals,  gospel, Broadway, and old/new pop,” said Show Director Diana Malan. “I enjoy enhancing our music with dance, so  our audiences will see a variety of dance styles incorporated throughout the evening.”

Among the songs that the Concert Choir will open the show with are Joseph M. Martins’ “Come to the Music,” James McCray’s “Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One,” and  Howard Helvey’s moving arrangement of one of our most popular spirituals, “Steal Away.” The group will also perform Ola Gjeilo’s piece  “The Ground,” and Paul Basler’s rousing “Alleluia.”  “The Voice,” made popular by Celtic Woman will be performed by the ladies.  

Valley Connection Show Choir will open their part of the show with a medley that features some of the great music of Leiber and Stoller.  The men will perform “Sherry,” a hit by The Four Seasons followed by “Stand By Me,” a song recorded by the late Ben E. King.  “Just the Way You Are” and “Flashlight” are selections from Pitch Perfect II that the group will perform.  “I Lived,” recorded by One Republic will also be performed.  A medley of Broadway tunes including “Strongest Suit,” “I Go to Rio,” and “Circle of Life” are also included the show.

The MVC Repertory Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Janie Morgan, will be dancing to the music of Frank Sinatra in honor of his 100th birthday.  They will also be dancing to some of the selections performed by the Concert and Show Choirs.  

Four students will be featured soloists during the show.  Markeith Robinson and Justin Weathers will each be performing a selection from their upcoming senior recitals.  Kaylee McEachern and Derrian Blumhorst will perform “When You Believe,” from Prince of Egypt.   

Area students participating with the show are: Aaron Kerksiek, Jeron Tetteh, Alicia Hicks, Derrian Blumhorst, Kaylee McEachern, Caleb Clevenger, Abigail Markes, and Karen Fienes.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for first come/first served, seating.  Admission is free. Donations are welcomed at the door to help support the music program.

For more information about the MVC Division of Fine Arts, visit www.moval.edu/fine_arts.  


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