“Our theme this year was chosen to celebrate music from many cultures, and to learn about children all over the world,” says MECCA Artistic Director Jane DeLoach Morison. “All of our choirs have spent this year learning about children in different countries through their songs, their languages, and in discussions in rehearsal. We are excited to present music from many continents and in many languages.”
Morison goes on to say that the singers have been very interested in studying about different cultures, and that the various directors have enjoyed teaching the special songs for this year’s concerts.
“Our new Emory Chorister Director, Emily McCraw, taught a song in the Czech language to her choir, and she had her friend in the Czech Republic on her phone pronouncing the lyrics for the kids! They were so excited to know that she has a friend there, and that they could talk to him!”
“As always there will be some beautiful instrumental accompaniment from our pianists and singers who play instruments. One of the pieces the children’s choirs are singing is in Greek, and it features boomwhackers, an instrument one does not usually associate with choral music!”
In addition to songs in Greek and Czech, concert-goers will hear music in German, Spanish, Hebrew, Hindi, Haitian Creole, and many other languages.
Area music lovers can enjoy the choirs in three upcoming performances:
• East Tennessee Children’s Choir and Emory Virginia Children’s Choir will join the Emory and Henry College Concert Choir to present John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children” at 3 p.m., April 27, at McGlothlin Center for the Arts in Emory, Virginia. The Emory and Henry Choirs will also present their spring concert repertoire. Tickets are $10 for general admission and may be purchased from the box office at the McGlothlin Center.
• Highlands Youth Ensemble will present its spring concert at 7 p.m., April 28, at Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Virginia. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
• The MECCA spring concert (with all choirs performing) will be held at 3 p.m., May 11, at Gray United Methodist Church in Gray, Tennessee. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Suggested donation is $5 per person with a $15 family maximum.
For more information about MECCA, contact Morison at (423) 914-9082 or email [email protected] Or visit the website at www.meccacademy.org for updates. You can also find and like them at Facebook.com/Meccacademy/.