MCC invites public to concert

FLINT — The Mott Community College Fine Arts Department is presenting a concert, featuring the world premiere of four works by student and faculty composers.

The MCC Choirs will be performing in the choral portion of the concert and the MCC Concert Band is performing a combined concert with the Flint Concert Band. The program is scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Mott Memorial Building Auditorium on the Mott Community College main campus, 1401 E. Court St. This event is free and open to the public. Free will donations to support the MCC music scholarship program are welcome.

The program featuring the MCC Choir will premiere “My Mother” by student composer Piaras Kent, based on a poem by Jane Taylor, and “Look to This Day” by faculty composer and MCC Choral Director Matthew J. Packer, a setting of a fourth-century sanskrit poem attributed to Kalidasa.

The MCC Chamber Singers will premiere “Invocation” by student composer Yohanes Wortham, a setting of a text by African-American poet Helene Johnson, and “Domini Est Terra” by Piaras Kent, a setting of Psalm 23 from the Vulgate.

In honor of Black History Month, in addition to the piece written by Wortham, the Chamber Singers will sing “Music Down in My Soul,” an African-American Spiritual arranged by African American composer Moses Hogan. Other works on the program include “Zion’s Walls” by Aaron Copland and “The Phantom of the Opera Medley” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The MCC Concert Band and the Flint Concert Band will be directed by Bruce Nieuwenhuis and Mary Procopio. Pieces on this portion of the program include: Shenendoah, arranged by Frank Ticheli; On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss by Holsinger; two wonderful marches: the first is a medley of America’s patriotic songs entitled Let Freedom Ring arranged by Kenny Bierschenk, the second, a fast, fun march by Hermann Starke entitled With Sword and Lance, and a very enjoyable and interesting piece called “Mystic Voyage” by Chris Bernotas.

Mott Community College’s vocal and instrumental ensembles are a diverse mix of music majors and community members who study and enjoy music. The MCC Bands, Choir and Chamber Singers perform for various college and community events throughout the year. Details: Call the Music Office at 810-762- 0459. — Natalie Blythe

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