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Choral concert causes ‘more cowbell’ calls

Southwestern Michigan College’s “A Choral Showcase” March 28 featured SMC’s Select Voices, Buchanan High School’s Red Bud Chorale, Seloctet and Chorllennium.

Select Voices started off the evening with “Give Good Gifts,” two versions of “Who is Sylvia?” — one with Da’Shonae Vinson’s solo — Rachmaninoff’s “Bogoroditse Devo” No. 6 from Vespers and The Beatles’ “Yesterday” featuring Wyatt Noack.

Red Bud Chorale, which SMC Director of Choral Activities David Carew has been working with, performed a South African folk song, “Siyahambra,” “Circle Round the Moon,” “Route 66,” “True Colors,” “Come in from the Firefly Darkness,” “Beyond the Sea” and “Al Tambor,” a Panamanian folk song.

SMC contributed a percussion section to one tune, including a cowbell, so mixed in with the applause were cries of “more cowbell” in reference to an April 2000 Saturday Night Live sketch written by Will Ferrell that spoofed VH1’s documentary series Behind the Music with the fictionalized recording of Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”

Seloctet (Kat Meeker, Kayla Rose, Michael Hayes, Jacob Walker, Noah Yardley, Brittany Schesnuk, Da’Shonae Vinson and Ben VanRoekel) sang “Underneath the Stars.”

Chorllennium closed the evening with “To Music,” “April is in My Mistress’ Face,” “Zigeunerleben,” “Earth Song” and “I Am Not Yours.”

Two spring events remain. SMC performs “Belshazzar’s Feast” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Howard Performing Arts Center in Berrien Springs with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Chorus.

SMC’s Collage Concert, a non-stop showcase featuring bands and choirs along with soloists and small ensembles, seamlessly woven together in a dazzling evening of music, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus.