Sunday, April 29, 2012

                                                Mad River Transit Singers 2012

Madrigal Singers & MRT Celebrate Love 
HSU Madrigal Singers perform songs of love and celebration from Renaissance times, and MRT jazz singers do the same in the modern idiom in their shared concert on Sunday night, April 29.

For the Madrigal Singers set, Dylan Kinser and Grayson Sandy are featured in a duet on “Rest Sweet Nymphs” by Francis Pilkington, and a dozen voices combine for John Dowland’s “Come Again, Sweet Love.” Other selections include “Dreams and Imaginations” by Robert Jones, “Sweet Day” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Bob Chilcott’s arrangement of one of the oldest and most familiar English tunes, “Greensleeves.” John Chernoff accompanies the singers on piano.

The Mad River Transit Singers take over for the second half of the concert, featuring two jazz pieces by Bobby McFerrin: his “23rd Psalm” which blends jazz and chant, and “Sweet in the Mornin’” with a solo by Claire Bent. MRT turns stormy with “Stormy Monday Blues” by T-Bone Walker and the classic “Stormy Weather” by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, with an arrangement by Madrigal and MRT director Harley Muilenburg. Famously recorded by Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, this became a signature tune for Lena Horne.

   Other selections include “Voice Dance” by Greg Jasperse and “Boplicity” by Miles Davis. MRT is accompanied by the rhythm section of John Chernoff (piano), Charles Welty (bass) and Dylan Williams (drums.)

HSU Madrigal Singers and MRT perform on Sunday night, April 29 at 8 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU. Tickets $7/3/free to HSU students from HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door. Directed by Harley Muilenburg, produced by HSU Music Department.

Media: Humboldt State Now, Arcata Eye.

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