MC Singers Perform in Europe
May 9, 2008A European tour is the next stop for the Mississippi College Singers.
About 38 MC students are making the trip this month. Their spring journey takes them to concerts in such cities as Frankfurt, Leipzig, Prague, and Vienna. They depart Sunday May 12 at Jackson Evers International Airport and return home May 20.
The MC Singers are an award-winning 55-member voice ensemble that's long been recognized as the premier choral group of the Christian university's Department of Music. The group performs in churches and communities all over Mississippi, other parts of the nation and around the globe.
In January 2008, the group performed in concert at New York's famed Carnegie Hall in an event marking the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. The MC Singers later were featured in concert before the American Choral Directors Association's Southern Division convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
They MC Singers will appear at historic venues in Europe such as the St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig and the St. Peter's Church in Vienna. During their European trip, there will be time for sightseeing to Leipzig University founded in 1409. Another stop is the 13th Century era Thomaskirche, where J.S. Bach once performed as an organist.
James Meaders, the MC Department of Music chairman and MC choral director, and Carol Joy Sparkman, music instructor and accompanist, will be among the six MC faculty members making the trip to Europe.
MC Singers sang in Italy four years ago.
"This year they will be singing in sacred and secular venues," Sparkman said Friday. "Most exciting is this choir has the kind of reputation that would allow it to gain entrance into venues like St.Thomaskirche."
The MC students each pay about $2,000 to go on the trip. Students recently conducted a car wash and held a silent auction to help pay for their expenses.