Rich started writing for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as music critic for the symphony and opera seasons. Originally from Granite City, IL, he graduated from Simpson College with a degree in music education. In 1984 he received his MA in Music ...
Rich started writing for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as music critic for the symphony and opera seasons. Originally from Granite City, IL, he graduated from Simpson College with a degree in music education. In 1984 he received his MA in Music Education from Truman State. Now retired, Rich enjoyed reading, writing music and short essays. He is the director of Kirksville Community Chorus.
MCKNOTES ANNOUNCING SPRING CONCERT
Kirksville Community Chorus will present their spring concert Monday, May 13th at 7:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church at the corner of High and Harrison Streets. No admission will be charged, though there is always a donation fish bowl near the front door for those who feel inclined to support the chorus in a financial manner.
The coming performance will feature favorites from previous concerts as well as some new music. This will be the final concert with Sara Beth Fouch as our accompanist. Sara Beth is from La Plata, and has accompanied the chorus since 2005. She has decided to retire from this part of her life. We will honor her during the concert in what we feel are appropriate ways. A basket will be given to her holding cards from individuals in the chorus and people who attend the concert are welcome to add their good wishes with a card that will be added to the basket. These can be submitted to anyone in the chorus even on the night of the performance.
I have directed choirs since I was about 18 years old. I have never had a better accompanist than Sara Beth. She is a gracious and elegant person. We are all extremely fond of her and as much as we will miss her, we wish her well and all the happiness in the world each day of her life.
Announcers for this performance will be Mia and Nils Hammond. These two young people are bright and delightful individuals. We look forward to their participation.
Music will include “Make Your Own Kind of Music” and “Sing” from “Sesame Street.” The comical “Neighbors’ Chorus” from Offenbach’s opera La jolie parfumeuse will surely be one of the highlights of the evening as the chorus becomes neighboring gossips who speculate on the condition of an unlikely couple.
Clarinetist, Dr. Jesse Krebs and flautist, Katherine Krebs will join the chorus to accompany some of the selections. Both will play parts originally scored for cello and violin during “O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose” with text by the great Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. Jesse will add clarinet parts to “Sing” and “Come On-a My House,” the latter made famous by the late Rosemary Clooney. Katherine will add her flute to “Danny Boy.”
In an additional tribute to Sara Beth, the chorus will sing a song she wrote for her church choir, “I Ask No Other Gift.” Sara Beth will be joined by Mary Goodman on a four hand accompaniment to “Shenandoah.” Sara will also dazzle the audience with her amazing and effortless accompaniment to highlights from the musical, “Chicago.”
Two rousing spirituals are sure to be audience favorites. “River in Judea” will have the room swaying. “He Never Failed Me Yet” will feature Julie Mikolajczak and Andrew Hansen singing solo verses. Marty Martin will take on the role of a Jersey Boy with the solo on “Let’s Hang On.”
As usual, Grace Notes will be on hand to add their lovely treble blend to the evening with three lovely selections. Other surprises will surely make this a must see concert. Rich McKinney winds up his ninth year with the chorus. Please come and join us for this truly delightful array of choral music and participate in a grand farewell to Sara Beth.