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‘Choralbaret’ a triple threat Friday

11/07/2017 - 1pm

If Southwestern Michigan College’s “Choralbaret” was a pizza, it would be a supreme.

Yes, it’s the fall choir concert, but loaded with extra “toppings,” including theatre and dance elements.

SMC choirs, conducted by Director of Choral Activities David Carew, present “Choralbaret” Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building.

A highlight includes a stirring setting of Homer’s text “Odysseus and the Sirens” by Z. Randall Stroope featuring oboe, crotales (cymbals), a soprano soloist and soprano, alto, tenor and bass (SATB) chorus.

There will be performances of “A Jubilant Song” by Rene Clausen and “Christus Factus est,” a Romantic period Latin motet composed by master Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.

Both selections were programmed for the American Choral Directors Association Michigan Fall Conference graduate-level master class.

Cabaret dance elements include choreography by Liz Coulston for “My Shot” from Hamilton and a small-group modern dance interpretation of a solo piano composition by SMC alumnus Nick Ferragut, who will be returning to play the piece live.

On the lighter side will be a comedy sketch of the classic Abbott and Costello skit, “Who’s on First?” and a hilarious comedic theatre song, “A Word on My Ear” sung by Heidi Ferris, SMC vocal instructor.

The program closes with a thick textured spiritual, “My God is a Rock,” by Stacey V. Gibbs. This work includes two female trios.