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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Central Standard men's choir

The Central Standard men's choir will perform with Northwest's Tower Choir on Thursday, March 18 in the Charles Johnson Theatre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

March 11, 2010

Central Standard to join Tower Choir for concert at Northwest

MARYVILLE, Mo.- The Northwest Missouri State Tower Choir will present a concert with the guest men's choral ensemble Central Standard at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 18 at the Charles Johnson Theatre in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Formed in October 2007 and under the direction of Mike Neff, Central Standard earned the Central States District's "small chorus" championship in 2008 and 2009. In October, with only 32 men on stage, Neff led Central Standard to its first-ever district chorus championship against 14 other choruses from the five-state area of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Central Standard bested other choruses nearly three times its size, performed at the "A" level in all judged categories, and earned the right to represent Kansas City and the Central States District at the International Chorus Contest in July in Philadelphia.

Central Standard will sing the well-known and loved "Anytime" by Lawson and Volk, "You Don't Know Me" by Walker & Arnold, "Scarborough Fair" by Cathay, a traditional spiritual "Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jerico" and "Hello My Baby" by Emerson and Howard. In addition, the group will join the men of the Tower Choir in two joint numbers.

The Tower Choir will sing several selections from their recent concert for the 2010 Regional Conference of the Mid-American Medieval Association, given at Conception Abbey, including "A Prayer of the Middle Ages" by Hanson, "Corale" and "Alla Rovescio" from Cantata Academica by Britten, "Ubi Caritas" (for women) by Lang, "Veni, Sancte Spiritus" by Lauridsen and "Faire is the Heaven" by Harris. The numbers of the two choral ensembles promise a unique contrast and enjoyable styles.

The concert is part of the continuing Guest Choral Ensembles Series, established in 2004 by Dr. Stephen Town, the purpose of which is to bring the very best choral groups from the region to the Northwest campus. Thus far, 17 ensembles have appeared with the Tower Choir.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468