Sunday, May 05, 2013

                                                              MadRiver Transit
From Dowland to the Beatles with Madrigal and MRT

 Songs from the Renaissance to the Beatles are given voice in the Madrigal and Mad River Transit Singers spring concert on Sunday May 5. 

 The concert also features a new a cappella group called the Humboldt Tones that starts off the second half with four songs, including “Discipline” by Bobby McFerrin, and Kerry Marsh’s musical version of an e.e. cummings poem, “Love Is More Thicker Than Forget.”

 Then the Mad River Transit Singers perform songs from the 1940s, including “Knock Me A Kiss” and “All the Cats Join In.” The Beatles tunes are “Norwegian Wood” arranged by MRT and Madrigal Singers’ director Harley Muilenburg, and the lush harmonies of “Because” from the Abbey Road album.

  MRT is accompanied by the rhythm section of Joseph Welnick and John Chernoff on piano, Steven Workman on bass and Dylan Williams on drums.

 The evening begins with the Madrigal Singers, performing works by John Dowland, Emma Lou Diemer and Orlando di Lasso, as well as anonymous Renaissance love and drinking songs. Two senior music majors, James Gadd and Daniela Godinez, each conduct a movement from Cecelia McDowall’s “A Fancy of Folksongs.”

 HSU Madrigal and MRT singers perform their spring concert on Sunday May 5 at 8 p.m. 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. $7/$3 seniors & children. HSU students admitted free. Tickets:826-3928 or at the door.  Directed by Harley Muilenburg, produced by the HSU Music Department.

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