The Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City held its yearly Christmas performance on Dec. 10. “This year’s program will have a unique sound of Christmas music than anything we’ve done before in the past,” said Blue River’s Campus Life and Leadership administration assistant Luann Heacock. Heacock has been a member of the Metropolitan Chorale since 2007 and it has been a wonderful experience, she said.
“I had been in choir before, and I thought I would join the Chorale as a one-credit-hour course,” said Heacock.
Heacock isn’t the only one who joined for the school credit and music experience. One-third of the Metropolitan Chorale consists of MCC students, while the other two-thirds are community volunteers.
The first half of the Dec. 10 performance featured pieces from Benjamin Britain’s cantata, while the second half will consist of regular holiday frivolities. The Stone Church right by the Independence Square hosted the Metropolitan Chorale.
“It’s a really pretty place with stained-glass windows and is made up of stone of course,” said music director Rebecca Johnson. “Last year we held our Christmas event at First Baptist Church, but we try to change venues every year.”
Johnson’s goal for these performances is to make less-well-known music more accessible to the non-musician, she said. In fall 2010, they performed Mozart’s “Requiem” and gave the audience a preview of information so that they could personally pick up on the notes to listen for throughout the show. Combining education with entertainment, Johnson hopes she achieved the same for this Christmas 2011 event.