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MSJC College Singers Concert

May 9, 2008

The MSJC College Singers will present the Spring 2008 concert on Saturday and Sunday May 17 and 18 in the Lab Theatre on the Menifee Valley Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College.

The Saturday concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday concert begins at 2:30. Doors open 30 minutes before concert time.

The College Singers is the credit music program’s vocal performance ensemble. The ensemble performs a variety of classic and popular choral literature. All of the members are credit students at Mt. San Jacinto College. In addition to the College Singers, there will be featured soloists from the voice classes, and numbers by the Chamber Ensemble.

This semester’s program is a unique blend of selections designed to please everyone. While most of the music for Spring Concert is sung in English, there will be featured selections in Ladino, Swahili, Spanish and Hebrew as well.

“The program has been both fun and challenging,” the group’s musical director Michael Tausig said. “The musical range from serious traditional to the jazz feel of contemporary material has required some hard work, but the students have really enjoyed it.”

Just a sample of the selections includes “Glory, Glory Hallelujah!” an arrangement of the traditional African-American spiritual dedicated to the Hurricane Katrina relief fund and first performed in November of 2005 ; “Come, Raise Your Voices” by J.S. Bach for chorus and harpsichord; “Jabberwocky,” a choral setting of Lewis Carroll’s poem, set for chorus and rhythm instruments; “Grumble Too Much,” a Jamaican folk song; “Wakati wa Amani," which is Swahili for “A Time of Peace” – sung in both Swahili and English; “A Native American Prayer”; “Durme, durme,” a Ladino lullaby; “Lo Yissa Goy”, a folk song sung in Hebrew; “If”, which is a choral setting Of Rudyard Kipling’s poem of the same name; “The Common Cold,” which is a setting of a poem by American poet Ogden Nash; and “Mi Vida, Mi Canción,”, a Spanish song of life and music.

Conductor for the evening is Michael Tausig, who had been with Mt. San Jacinto College since 1988. Accompanist is Hyun-Ah (Michelle) Kim, piano instructor at the campus. For additional information contact Mr. Tausig at (951) 639-5666.

Reservations can be made by calling the Menifee Campus Box Office at (951) 639-5790. Tickets are then held at the door until ten minutes before the concert.

The Menifee Valley campus is located at 23287 La Piedra Road at the corner of Antelope Road in Menifee.