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Mississippi College Singers Booked for Spring Concert

Photo: MC Singers perform April 7 Spring concert.
Photo: MC Singers perform April 7 Spring concert.

Musical selections from the Renaissance, the Baroque period and modern times will be the focus of the Mississippi College Singers at their Spring performance.

The group’s April 7 concert at Provine Chapel will begin at 3 p.m. that Sunday. The program wraps up the group’s Spring performance tour that will take the MC students to Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Music professor Mark Nabholz serves as the group’s conductor. The public is invited to the free event.

The MC Singers a cappella program of sacred music includes composers Jake Runestad, Daniel Elder, Hugo Distler, Antonio Lotti, Eriks Esenvalds, Heinrich Schutz and Anton Bruckner.

Audiences can expect the MC Singers to perform a diverse repertoire at their final Spring show. Their selections include texts from Scripture, hymns and spirituals to span a variety of musical tastes. “There will be something for everyone in this concert,” says Nabholz, the university’s director of choral activities.

The MC Music Department sponsors the program.

Audiences know the MC Singers from their memorable Festival of Lights concerts in December to usher in the Christmas season. For the third consecutive year, Mississippi Public Broadcasting stations aired the concert at Provine Chapel to thousands of TV viewers statewide.

The Mississippi College group has performed on stages stretching from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Europe and South Africa over the years.

Members of the MC Singers include several students from metro Jackson communities. They are six Clinton residents: Emily Katherine Dacus, Gabi Jones, Grace Klopman, Isaac Woodward, Margie Williams and Will Nabholz.

Other MC Singers from the region include: Annalee Quarles, Annie Hawks and Sallie Kaye Streeter, all of Madison, Andrew Moore of Byram, along with Natalie Fehrenbacher and Michaela Wilder, both of Brandon.

MC students Jalysa Jones of Jackson, Mary-Elizabeth Ballard and Collin Brumfield, both of Vicksburg, Josiah Scott of Magnolia and Hunter Cannette of Pascagoula are among other Mississippians in the award-winning group.

MC Singers performances this season receive a helping hand from pianist Mary Catherine Fehrenbacher and graduate assistance Mark Robinson-Payton.