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April 16, 2012
Celebration, the show choir of Northwest Missouri State University, will present its annual Spring Show at 8 p.m., Friday, April 20, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
Accompanied by an eight-piece stage band, Celebration will present an evening of singing and dancing, featuring music from the Broadway stage, including songs by Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Leonard Bernstein.
The group will also perform pop and rock music, covering songs made popular by Robert Palmer, Michael Bublé, Richard O’Brien, Steve Perry of Journey and “Rent” composer Jonathan Larson.
The Spring Show is free and open to the public.
“The spring show is a great opportunity for University students, faculty and staff, along with the Maryville community to come and see a professional quality performance,” said Dr. Brian Lanier, Celebration director and Northwest associate professor of music. “Many of these students were in the cast of the recent production of ‘Oklahoma!’ which smashed musical attendance records on campus from the past 10 years. The music will engage you and the choreography is great!”
Celebration is comprised of 34 singers and dancers who represent a variety of majors across the University campus. During the fall trimester, they are The Madraliers, a chamber choir that presents concerts on and off campus, including the Annual Yuletide Feaste.
Earlier this year, the Madraliers performed at the American Choral Directors Association Southwest Division Convention in Dallas, Texas, and for the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference at Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach. The invitations to perform at these prestigious venues were results of a highly competitive audition process.
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