Adult Choir Past Performances


On November 4, 2017, the Choir presented A Renaissance Feast.  Having previously done several Madrigal Dinners, the Choir once again donned their finest Elizabethan costumes and sang a variety of music from light madrigals to more serious sacred music.  Below left, Dale Townsend shows off the royal dinner table and below right, Knight George Jackson greets King Mark Pettis and Queen Elena Pettis-Larssen.

Phil Flad at 2017 Renaissance Feast
George Jackson, Mark and Elena Pettis at 2017 Renaissance Feast


The Choir’s Christmas Concert in 2016 was composed of both traditional and unique Christmas music, with the children’s Carol and Junior Choirs joining the Adult Choir on several of the pieces.  A nice addition were the handbells, played by Paul Levin and Hannah Parkinson.


Singing the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah, the Choir did selections during the Lenten season, including the famous Hallelujah Chorus.


The Choir presented “Once Upon A Midnight Clear” by John Purifoy and Elaine Schram, a Christmas musical.  Sung during the 10 am morning worship service, the congregation was delighted with hearing the full presentation of the musical work, complete with costumes!


Mozart’s Requiem, with full orchestra and professional soloists, was performed in the Spring.  It was hailed a great success, with a sold-out crowd and a fantastic reception following the performance.  Below, the choir waits for the performance to begin, a shot of the choir in performance, and a pleased and smiling Pat Edwards, Conductor.  That’s our very own John Elg warming up the orchestra and choir before the performance.


The choir performed Mark Hayes’ “What Sweeter Music, Festival of Carols” in December 2014.  Hayes, an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor, wrote this work as a collection of fifteen Christmas  carols,  plus several original songs.


In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the installation of our Schlicker pipe organ, MBCC presented an Organ Concert in September of 2013, featuring the MBCC Celebration Orchestra, a group of professional musicians under the direction of Bob Istad and Lee Lassetter, MBCC Organist.  The MBCC organ was installed by the same man who installed the organ at Disney Hall.  Playing selections from Vivaldi, Handel and Rheinberger, the orchestra and organ delighted the overflow audience.

OLIVER (2013)

The choir and the Theater Board staged “Oliver” in the Spring of 2013, directed by Choir Director Pat Edwards.  Featuring a cast and crew of over 100, it included 45 children, and played for six sold-out performances.l  Based on Dickens’ class novel, this musical featured a variety of interesting characters and wonderful musical numbers.


The choir presented Britten’s work – “A Ceremony of Carols” – at Christmas time in 2012.  Church attendees were treated to this wonderful Christmas music during the church service.  The piece was written in 1942 while Britten was at sea, going from the United States to England.  Originally conceived as a series of unrelated songs, it was later unified into one piece with the framing processional and recessional chant in unison, based on a Gregorian chant.


In February 2012, the Choir produced a dinner show highlighted by musical as well as culinary delights from Hannibal, St. Louis, Natchez, Memphis, and New Orleans.  Our local Dixieland Band – the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders – led the way from the dock (Assembly Hall) up the gangway to the Paddleboat (Community Hall).  Attendees were entertained by Stephen Foster, Basin Street Blues, Elvis Presley, and Scott Joplin tunes!  Captain Andy and Mark Twain narrated the excursions and escapades along the way.  It was a great evening of fun and entertainment!