2010-03-05 / Events

M is for March — and Music

By Jackie Perrone

USC Concert Choir USC Concert Choir Columbia’s singing voices will be heard all around town throughout the month of March. A full calendar lists special concerts by various vocal groups this month.

On Sunday March 7, the USC Concert Choir will be featured in William Averitt’s St. Matthew Passion at Averyt Hall of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Also performing on this program are the USC Chamber Orchestra, the Cantus Women’s Chorus from Shenandoah Conservatory, tenor Randall Black. Baritone Scott Guinn, and soprano Tina Stallard. Larry Wyatt conducts. The time will be 4 pm; price $10.

This program previews their appearance four days later in Memphis, Tenn. at a regional convention of the American Choral Directors.

On Sunday March 21, at 7 pm, the Palmetto Mastersingers will sing at Salem United Methodist Church in Irmo. Their programming ranges from classical to traditional to pop.

The church is located at 1321 Salem Church Road.

On Tuesday March 23, Colla Voce will present music never before heard in Columbia. This is a chamber choir of professional musicians in Columbia.

Their program includes Heinrich Schutz’s setting of the St. John’s Passion featuring Ryan Headley, tenor; the Herbert Howells Requiem; and Vaughan Williams A Vision of Aeroplanes, described as an organ concerto. Dr. Jared Johnson, organist and choirmaster at Trinity Epis- copal Cathedral, will play.

The following weekend, Opera at USC will present Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro, Friday evening March 26 at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoon March 28 at 3 pm. These performances will take place in a new venue: the new Band Hall of USC, at 324 Sumter Street on campus.

As a complement to the vocal programs, March will include the instrumental All That’s Jazz II, featuring the Dick Goodwin Quintet at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington. March 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. $15 adult, $12 senior, $5 student.

These dedicated local musicians promise an April and May schedule just as tempting. Details later.

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