Metro Male Chorus
The ensemble of 24 men performs, and the Mississippi Boychoir also performs. Proceeds benefit Contact the Crisis Line.
The Metro Male Chorus, founded the late winter performance in 2013, will again perform not just one but two benefit concerts in February and March. The elite ensemble of twenty-four men fill a unique roll in the Mississippi musical arts scene, providing audiences with the best of choral music composed and arranged for male voices.
Concerts this year will feature the classic work of Randall Thompson, “Testament of Freedom,” setting texts of Thomas Jefferson, who will appear impersonated by a graduate of Jefferson’s beloved University of Virginia. To recognize the centennial year of British composer, Benjamin Britten, the men will perform his rarely heard “Ballad of Little Musgrove and Lady Barnard.” To complement these two extended musical works, the MMC will enthusiastically sing groups of spirituals and British and American folksong arrangements.
Again, to complement the Metro Male Chorus, the Mississippi Boy Choir directed by Lelon Thompson, has been invited to sing selections from their repertory. On each concert, the men are looking forward to singing a medley of American folksongs with the boys.
Performances will be staged first at Vicksburg’s First Presbyterian Church on Friday, February 28th beginning at 7:30 pm. The concert will benefit the Jacob’s Ladder Learning Center. The second concert, held again this year at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson, will benefit Contact the Crisis Line. The men and boys perform beginning at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 1st. Tickets, $20 and $5 for students, are available in advance by calling 601/594-2902. Remaining tickets will be sold at the venue door. The same telephone number can be used for more information.
The Metro Male Chorus was founded by its co-directors, D. Royce Boyer and Harlan Zackary. Dr. Boyer is Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he organized and directed three choral ensembles. Also, he served as Choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity for twenty four year , and was founder and musical director of The Twickenham Singers of North Alabama, a chamber ensemble. Mr. Zackary is an instructor at Jackson State University. He will complete his Doctor of Musical Arts at University of Southern Mississippi in May. Also, he is musical director at New Stage Theatre and an active church musician in Jackson.
Mississippi Boychoir was the state’s first and remains the only independent boychoir in the state. A youth development organization, Mississippi Boychoir programs include music education and character building training.