Marquette Choral Society

Marquette Choral Society

Marquette Choral Society and Public Radio 90 invite you to celebrate the season with a fun, safe and festive event: A Sing-Along Messiah!

Choirs are missing singing together due to Covid safety and health concerns, and gatherings are considered unsafe during the pandemic. A solution to these issues is a collaborative, online event, that allows for a safe (online) gathering, and a way to sing and be merry together!

Public Radio 90 was approached by the Marquette Choral Society for this collaboration, and WNMU-FM's Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Sarah Rimkus, Marquette Choral Society's Publicity Chair, and discuss what the event is, how to participate, and what you need:


NMU Music Department

Choir members miss singing with each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, with safety concerns and with cases of the virus rising, decisions had to be made regarding how best to move forward with choir activities at Northern Michigan University.

The regular rehearsal season for the Marquette Choral Society is cancelled this fall, to protect the health of its members (they've shifted to more of a music appreciation / choral music study format). The University Choir and Arts Chorale are still rehearsing, although using social distancing, specially-designed choral masks, breaks, and surface cleaning. And, they will be using technology and the internet to bring the choir experience to people virtually.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Dr. Colwitz about how her and the NMU Department of Music coordinated the changes:


St. Peter Cathedral / Marquette Choral Society

The Marquette Choral Society presents their annual Christmas masterworks concert, featuring Ottorino Respighi’s Lauda per la Nativita del Signore and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël. The Choral Society is joined by members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Erin Colwitz, director of choirs at Northern Michigan University (including the Marquette Choral Society), discussed the event with Nicole Walton:


Marquette Choral Society / Marquette 365

The Marquette Choral Society usually rehearses in the Fall and Winter semesters at Northern Michigan University.  This year, they are holding their first Summer Sing, giving singers of all kinds an opportunity to rehearse and perform a concert in the summer, when schedules can be more forgiving.

The Summer Sing concert is also a benefit for NMU students who will travel with the Marquette Choral Society on their trip to Italy in 2020.

This program features music of American choral music, spirituals, George Gershwin, world folk songs, and more.

Hear more about the Summer Sing, the Choral Society's trip to Italy, and more details on the repertoire:


NMU Music Department

Next time on Peninsula Performances:

“Chant and Praise” is the theme of the NMU Choirs & NMU Orchestra concert from April 2019, where each ensemble is featured and then combined for their final piece.  Then, join the Marquette Choral Society for their Russian Nights concert (also from April 2019), featuring Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil and more.

Program:

4-16-19 NMU Choirs and Orchestra "Chant and Praise"

Marquette Choral Society / Travel Marquette

This April 2019, the Marquette Choral Society presents "Russian Nights," music of Rachmaninoff & Chesnokov.  The concert consists of Russian music, mostly of Orthodox traditions.  Pieces featured are Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil, Op. 37" in Church Slavonic, Pavel Chesnokov's "Let Thy Good Spirit" and "Salvation is Created," in English, as well as a Russian folk song "Veniki". 

Hear more about the experience putting this concert together in an interview with the director of the choral society, Dr. Erin Colwitz:


St. Peter Cathedral of Marquette, MI Facebook event page

December in Marquette means getting ready for the holidays, and this year's Marquette Choral Society concert in St. Peter Cathedral will do just that.  The Cathedral Concert Series continues along with Bachfest Marquette, with the choral society performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.  Dr. Erin Colwitz came to our Public Radio 90 studios to give us more information:


Marquette Choral Society

The Marquette Choral Society will perform a newly commissioned work by local composer, Griffin Candey, with texts by Walt Whitman, Anastasia Pennington-Flax and local area poet, Kathleen M. Heideman.  THE NIGHT PSALMS will premiere alongside Ralph Vaughan Williams epic major work DONA NOBIS PACEM, also on texts by Walt Whitman.  

Marquette Choral Society

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Dr. Erin Colwitz regarding the upcoming holiday concert, "Cantatas in the Cathedral," at the St. Peter Cathedral this weekend in Marquette.

The concerts are Saturday December 2nd at 7:30pm, and again on Sunday Dec. 3rd at 3pm in St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette.  It is a free concert with a freewill donation accepted.

Marquette Choral Society - "Sure on this Shining Night"

Apr 20, 2017

The Marquette Choral Society will perform Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:00pm in Reynolds Recital Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University.  Tickets are $10 and available at the door, the Berry Events Center, and NMU Ticket Outlets.

For more information:

http://www.nmu.edu/choralsociety/home

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