Nov 28, 2011
It’s a holiday tradition: Beginning with “Fanfare For Christmas Day,” the HSU Madrigal Singers present their annual holiday program of Renaissance madrigals and songs on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Tunes by Giovanni Gastoldi (“Hearts Lively Beating”), Thomas Ravenscroft (“Toss the Pot”), Henry Purcell (“Two Daughters of an Aged Stream”), Thomas Arne (“Which is the Properest Day to Drink”) and others are rendered in ensembles, duets and solos. Festive music is interspersed with news of the day—-the day being 17th century England.
This year’s Madrigal Singers are Cayla Crofts, Aubrey Donen, Jacqui Hernandez, Danielle Murray, Cynthia Romano, Katie Wolter, Tiffany Guenter, Katherine Goodwin, Shany Hard, Rachael Heller, Erika Luna, Eboni Session, Tina Toomata, Victor Guerrero, John Pettlon, Chelsea Rothchild, David Vaughan, Cole Buxton, Tyler Ebright, Edrees Nassir and Elliott Pennington.
The Mad River Transit Singers follow with a rhythmic program of jazz and blues that emphasizes the solo bass as played by Charles Welty, particularly on the tune “Mr. P.C.,” honoring the famous jazz bassist Paul Chambers.
Also included on the program are “Blues for Jezebel,” “Cookin’ at the Continental” and “Chili Con Carne.” Comprising this year’s MRT are Jacqui Hernandez, Jocelyn Kuzelka, Sandy Lindop, Elena Tessler, Arianna Dobbins, Anna Coleman, Claire Bent, Sara Scibetta, Nancy Soriano, Tina Toomata, Steven Eitzen, Charles Welty, Kristofer Lang, Dolan Leckliter and Joseph Welnick. MRT is accompanied by Darius Brotman on piano, Dylan Williams on drums and Charles Welty on bass.
HSU Madrigal Singers and MRT perform on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $7 general, $3 students/seniors, from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. Free to HSU students with ID. Directed by Harley Muilenburg, produced by HSU Music Department. HSUMusic.blogspot.com