The final spring concert celebrating the 75th Anniversary of MSSU is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at First Baptist Church, Broadway and Roane in Webb City.
The MSSU Choral Society, a 53-voice mixed choir featuring singers from the Four-State area, will present music spanning from the Baroque to Broadway.
The concert will begin with J. S. Bach’s “O Lord, Our Lord, Your Works Are Glorious.” Linda Spevacek’s beautiful “Prayer,” based upon a famous prelude by Bach, follows.
The Choral Suite from West Side Story arranged by Mac Huff is one of the major compositions featured. The Leonard Bernstein selections include “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “Maria,” “One Hand, One Heart,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Cool,” “America,” and “Somewhere.”
Accompanist Eleanor McLemore (Webb City) will play a solo version of Michel Legrand’s beautiful “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” The choir then sings a compilation of early rock and roll songs including “Jailhouse Rock,” Who Put the Bomp,” “Will You love Me Tomorrow?,” “Peppermint Twist,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and “Rock Around the Clock.”
Closing out the concert will be Richard Rodgers in Concert featuring Broadway hits from “The Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific,” “Babes in Arms,” and “Carousel.”
Vocal soloists include Karen Derrick, Albert Johnson, Alexin Maliszewski, and Ruth Snider, all of Joplin. MSSU
Music Professor Dr. Al Carnine is both the founder and director of the Choral Society. The concert is open to the public free of charge.