Mississippi University for Women Department of Music will present Songs of the Theatre, a concert of vocal solos and semi-staged ensembles from musical theatre and opera Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall’s Kossen Auditorium.

The concert will be streamed live on this page. Admission to the in-person event is free, but reservations are required. Please RSVP before 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 by calling 662-241-6399. Masks are required.


Solo songs and duets will be performed by W voice majors under the direction of faculty member Dr. Susan Hurley, with additional selections sung by the W Chamber Singers as led by Dr. William Reber, director of choirs.

“We’re naturally drawn to story-telling. There’s drama inherent in the material chosen for the performance, so we have the theatricality of story-telling interwoven with great music that has been enduringly popular throughout the decades,” said Hurley.

She said the event will show showcase students’ voices as both ensemble and as soloists.

Hurley said, “We’re confident that audiences are going to have a great time.”

This concert includes music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Schwartz, Richard Strauss and many more.

 

Songs of the Theatre

Friday, November 19th
7:30 p.m.
Connie Sills Kossen Auditorium
Poindexter Hall

 

Featuring Soloists:

Ricarrdo Byrd, baritone
Aaron Rishel, baritone
Samantha Saine, soprano
Kory Scales, baritone
&
MUW Chamber Singers:
With Pianist, William Reber
Stage Director, Susan Hurley

MUW Chamber Singers

Soprano

Alyssa Cox
Hannah Jones
Samantha Saine
Payton Tanner

Alto

Shakia Butler
Faith Gammel
Madiosn Hankins
Aliya Jackson
Charlene Stork

Tenor

Jerry Brown
Jeremiah Sands

Bass

Ricarrdo Byrd
Kory Scales

Baritone

Aaron Rishel

 

Program

 

Day by Day                 Stephen Schwartz (b.1948)
You are the light of the world                                 
Turn back O man                                                  
Prepare ye the way of the Lord                             
            from Godspell
MUW Chamber Singers as The Ensemble

 

Give me Jesus …………...........arr. Larry Schackley (b. 1954)
Kory

 

This nearly was mine………………Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
from South Pacific                 
Rico as Emile

 

The Vagabond……………Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
from Songs of Travel
Aaron

 

Lonely Room……………………………...Rogers
from Oklahoma!                           
Rico as Judd

 

I’m not wearing underwear today……Robert Lopez (b.1975) and Jeff Marx (b.1970)
from Avenue Q      
Kory as Brian

 

Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen…………...…………………Richard Strauss (18??-195?)
from Ariadne auf Naxos
Aaron as Harlekin

 

Hellfire           ………………………...….Alan Mencken (b. 1949)

from Hunchback of Notre Dame
Rico as Frollo

 

Losing my mind………………………Stephen Sondheim (b.1930)
from Follies
Aaron as Sally

I’m Here……………………….Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray
From The Color Purple
Kory as Celie

 

All I Ask of You…………………Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948)
From Phantom of the Opera
Samantha as Christine
Aaron as Raoul

           
Sunday…………...………………………...………Sondheim
From Sunday in the Park with George
MUW Chamber Singers as The Ensemble