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“Then Sings My Soul” as River City Men’s Chorus starts 2015-16 season today, this week

rcmc singsThe thirteenth season of the River City Men’s Chorus starts this week with this first concert of the season – “Then Sings My Soul.”

Join the River City Men’s Chorus as they perform songs of inspiration and hope. New arrangements of familiar hymns, beautiful works by our greatest modern composers and plenty of gospel, this concert will be one you will not want to miss!

Three performances: Sunday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Admission, as always, is free, but come early.

The other two concerts of the season are the annual Holiday show (November 29, 30 and December 3) and “Mighty Waters…and little ponds” (April 17, 18 and 21).

Founded in 2002, the River City Men’s Chorus is under the direction of David Glaze.

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River City Men’s Chorus annual Holiday concerts this week

RCMC Hol2014Many people start their holiday season with the River City Men’s Chorus. Tonight and Thursday night offer chances to do just that.

Their annual concert Hoilday! started yesterday and continues tonight at 7pm and December 4 at 7pm.  There is no admission cost, but seats go fast, so don’t show up at 6:58 thinking you can slide in a seat.

This year’s edition will feature new choral settings of “Angels From the Realms of Glory,” “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” as well as Christmas favorites such as “The Christmas Song,” “Frosty the Snowman” and many others.

The performances take place at Trinity United Methodist Church at the southeast corner of Mississippi and Evergreen.


River City Men’s Chorus Holiday 2013

1398117_10152031415501119_948002399_oIt is perhaps not too early to start standing in line for the final performance of the River City Men’s Chorus 2013 Holiday Concert.  The first performances (Sunday) was overflowing.  The final performances are tonight (Monday, December 2) and Thursday, December 5th at 7pm.

Under the leadership of conductor and artistic director David Glaze, the River City Men’s Chorus concert ranges from the sublime to the silly. There are times it is hard to tell who is having more fun or is more moved – the audience or the singers.

The River City Men’s Chorus ushers in the holiday season with its annual concert that combines traditional Christmas songs such as “O Holy Night” and “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” with favorites like “Let It Snow” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” along with some other wonderful surprises.

The concert takes place at Trinity Methodist Church at 1101 N. Mississippi St.  The concert starts at 7pm. Doors to auditorium typically open an hour early for the free, open seating.  If weather is inclement, doors to the church (but not auditorium) will be opened even earlier so that audience members can stay warm and dry.


Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven, Schoenberg, Takei

Actor and activist George Takei joins the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra this weekend in concerts at Robinson Center Music Hall to narrate Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw at a concert featuring a message of hope and unity with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony also known as Ode to Joy.

The ASO MasterWorks concerts are tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 3pm.

Takei’s appearance is sponsored by the Stella Boyle Smith Trust and he will take the stage as narrator during Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw. The narration that accompanies this piece depicts the story of a concentration camp survivor from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Takei, a Japanese American who as a child was interned at an internment camp in Rohwer, Arkansas during World War II, is a supporter of human right issues and community activist.  Takei is chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton.
Just after Schoenberg’s moving piece, Maestro Philip Mann and the ASO musicians will be joined by over 400 voices from the state of Arkansas for Beethoven’s prayer for hope and peace,Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy. “This is perhaps the most recognizable work in the history of classical music, and for good reason,” said Mann. “Its message of triumph and victory through a shared brotherhood between peoples is an enduring, timeless, and transcendent declaration. Seen as a watershed movement in music history, the work has gained such significance and is now synonymous with important moments in world history—like its performance marking the re-unification of Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

Featuring:

George Takei, narrator
Schoenberg Chorus
River City Men’s Chorus
Beethoven Chorus
Arkansas State University
Harding University
Hendrix College
Lyon College
Ouachita Baptist University
Philander Smith College
Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Members of River City Men’s Chorus
Philip Mann, conductor
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra


River City Men’s Chorus: Songs of the Season

It is perhaps not too early to start standing in line for the final performance of the River City Men’s Chorus 2011 Holiday Concert.  The first two performances (Sunday and Monday) were overflowing.  The final performance is this Thursday (December 8th) at 7pm.

Under the leadership of conductor and artistic director David Glaze, the River City Men’s Chorus concert ranges from the sublime to the silly. There are times it is hard to tell who is having more fun or is more moved – the audience or the singers.

Among the numbers are “The First Noel,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Gaudete!,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “White Christmas” and a soulfully rousing rendition of “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah.

The concert takes place at Trinity Methodist Church at 1101 N. Mississippi St.  The concert starts at 7pm. Doors to auditorium typically open an hour early for the free, open seating.  If weather is inclement, doors to the church (but not auditorium) will be opened even earlier so that audience members can stay warm and dry.