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April 9, 2009
Northwest's Celebration show choir will present its annual spring review at 8 p.m. Friday, April 24, in Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
The show, titled Celebration: It's a Brand New Day! is free and open to the public and will feature a variety of choreographed numbers, jazz harmony arrangements, ballads and show tunes.
This year's edition of Celebration includes 32 singer/dancers plus a live, eight-piece band. The program of large ensemble, small group and solo performances features signature melodies from a number of popular Broadway musicals, such as "Evita" ("Buenos Aires"), "Man of La Mancha" ("The Impossible Dream"), "Funny Girl" ("People"), "Paint Your Wagon" ("They Call the Wind Maria") and "A Little Night Music" ("Send in the Clowns").
Additional highlights include the title selection, "Brand New Day!" from "The Wiz," and Leonard Bernstein's "Glitter and be Gay" from "Candide," known to vintage television fans as the theme from a series of 1970s and '80s network and cable talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett.
The spring show brings to a close an exciting year for Celebration, which performs under the direction of Dr. Brian Lanier, assistant professor of music. In March the group went on the road for a series of shows in Missouri and Florida, including appearances at the Missouri Capitol and Walt Disney World.
One of a number of student vocal ensembles organized through the Department of Music, Celebration doubles during the fall trimester as the Madraliers, a chamber chorale noted for its annual participation in Northwest's Yuletide Feaste holiday banquet.
"It's a Brand New Day" is being staged with assistance from the Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages, which is providing assistance with lighting and sets.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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