10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 8, 1994
Glee Club promises explosion of sound
By MELISSA ROSE BERNARDO
When you hear the word "explo-
sion," what comes to mind? Fire-
works, maybe. "Apocalypse Now."
Or that episode of "Beverly Hills
90210" in which Dylan's father is
killed by a bomb in his car, and ex-
plodes into a thousand little bits. Your
first thought is probably not a concert
(well, maybe an early '70s Kiss con-
But cast all preconceived notions
of propriety aside, because Saturday
night the Men's Glee Club (MGC)
will blast into Hill Auditorium,joined
by the glee clubs of Miami of Ohio
and Bowling Green State University
for a self-professed "Explosion of
Picture "huge groups of singers
making lots of noise," describedMGC
directorJerry Blackstone. Blackstone
is referring, mockingly, to the Biebel
"Ave Maria," which the three choirs
will sing together to close the concert.
Approximately 300 men in concert
attire will be packed onto the stage,
but "noise" is an almost disgraceful
epithet for the sound the accomplished
choirs will surely produce.
In planning this year's spring con-
cert, past experience and Miami and
Bowling Green's esteemed reputa-
tions prompted Blackstone and the
executive board to seek out the two
Ohio choirs. "We had talked to sev-
eral other glee clubs -we had talked
about Michigan State, and then we
wound up sharing a concert with
Michigan State up in Saginaw two
weeks ago," Blackstone explained.
"So we said 'well, let's invite Miami
and Bowling Green."'
Faithful MGC followers will re-
member their fall concert, which they
shared with Ohio State's Men's Glee
Club. Though it was not a true "ex-
plosion," it was a highly-charged
evening of good music, camaraderie
and a little friendly rivalry. The suc-
cess of that evening and of other shared
concerts in the past is a sure sign that
this Saturday should be nothing less
The choir is still keeping with their
tradition of tackling new pieces. They
will premiere "A Celtic Triptych," a
piece by School of Music and MGC
alumnus Ron Jeffers. "It's three short
pieces, based on William Butler Yeats
poems, dealing with old friends and
remembrances of old friends,"
They will also perform a new ar-
rangement of "Ahay Tuburan," aFili-
pino folk song written by '93 law
school graduate Oscar Alcantara. "It's
a very beautiful, poignant, sort of sad
farewell by a young man going away
from his parents presumably off to
war," Blackstone said.
Benjamin Britten's "The Ballad
of Lady Musgrave and Lady Barnard"
is also on the program. Blackstone
considers it one of the standards of
male chorus repertoire: "It's a rather
extended and very dramatic text of
deception ... a sort of ballad, and it
ends very tragically."
Blackstone also promised a fun
arrangement of the overture to
Mozart's "The Magic Flute." He
would not go into detail, but men-
tioned "costuming" and lots of "ham"
will be involved. Now don't look so
shocked! The MGC has been known
to let loose on a few isolated occa-
Because MGC is sharing their
concert, their program is only one
half the length of their usual concert
program. Being the industrious, re-
sponsible guys that they are, the MGC
has been using their spare time to
record a new CD of Michigan songs,
the first recording of its kind since
As they prepare for their "Explo-
sion of Sound," this weekend MGC
hosts an alumni weekend for former
MGC officers. During an Uno's din-
ner and a Saturday afternoon picnic,
they will be planning next fall's all-
encompassing alumni reunion. Pub-
licity manager Alan Susser hopes that
the reunion will serve as a "sort of
springboard" for planning the big re-
Let'sjust hope that the Men's Glee
Club survives Saturday night's ex-
plosion, and comes away unscathed.
We would hate to lose them.
THE MEN'S GLEE CLUB wsg.
Miami of Ohio and Bowling Green
State University glee clubs will
perform Saturday night at Hill
Auditorium. Tickets are $10, $8, $5,
$3 (exclusive of service charges),
and are available at the Union
Ticket Office. Call 763-TKTS.
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