Vocal Ensembles Perform ‘Songs of Truth’ Nov. 4 at Frauenthal

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Muskegon Community College’s vocal ensembles, the Collegiates and the College Singers, will perform “Songs of Truth” as the Downtown Live Concert series continues on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave.

Tickets, which are $8 for adults and $2 for students and children, are available on line at https://frauenthal.org/event/the-music-of-autumn/ or at the Frauenthal Center Box Office.

The combined groups, under the direction of Nicholas Palmer, will open the program with “O Fortuna” by Carl Orff.

The first set, titled Songs of Spiritual Truth, features the Collegiates on “Verily, verily I say unto you” by Thomas Tallis; “both groups performing “Simple Gifts,” the American Shaker Song, arr. by Marie Pooler; the Collegiates singing “Soon-ah will be done”, an American Spiritual, arr. by William Dawson; and both groups performing “We are climbin’ Jacob’s ladder,” an American Spiritual, arr. by Bernice Johnson Reason.

The second set, titled Songs of Truth in Life and Love, features both groups performing the Unlikely Candidates’ “Follow my feet” by Cole Male, Bradley Lord, Kyle Morris, and arr. by Nicholas Palmer.

The third set features vocal studio soloist Mary Schoonover, soprano, on “Vedrai Carino” from Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and soloist Elizabeth Adkins on “I never saw a Moor,” text by Emily Dickinson and music by Richard Pearson Thomas.

The fourth set, titled Songs of Political Truth, opens with both groups performing “Vida la vida,” by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin, and arr. by Mark Brymer. The Collegaites will perform “Scarborough Fair/Canticle,” a traditional English folk song with counter-melody and lyrics by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. The concert will close with the Collegiates and the College Singers performing “Take Care of This House” from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, music by Alan Lerner and Leonard Bernstein and arr. by Arnold Freed.