Mark Twain Chorale International Plans Concerts Before Trip
Mark Twain Chorale International will prepare for its seventh international tour with two local performances June 28th. The MTCI will perform at the 10:30 Service at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Kahoka and then travel to Ewing to present a 6:30 concert at the First Baptist Church. A third concert is scheduled for July 12 at 2:00 pm at the Memphis Theater in Memphis, Missouri. All concerts are free and open to the public, and all music lovers are encouraged to attend.
The Chorale is made up of 25 singers from Memphis, Kahoka, Edina, Ewing, Columbia, Montgomery City, Jefferson City and St. Charles in Missouri, The group performs primarily American music including early American hymn tune arrangements, spirituals, gospel, jazz and show tune arrangements as well as traditional choral arrangements. The group is under the musical direction of Dr. Dan O'Donnell and accompanists Dennis and Linda Richardson of Montgomery City.
The MTCI is making its seventh international tour in July performing six concerts in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. The highlight of this tour will be a performance the Zvolen Summer Arts Festival and a final concert at the Saint Anna Church in Budapest, built in the mid 1700's. The group will also tour Bratislava and Zvolen and perform locally.
Local singers include: from Memphis- Teresa Cotton, Tom Cotton, Dr. Harlo Donelson, Joan Hinds, Lynette Dyer, Jeff Dyer, Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick, Sheila Berkowitz. Singers from Kahoka include: Jeri Braxton, Chuck Braxton, Tessa Wilson, Wayne Blum, Carol Trump and Gloria Macomber. Singers from Knox County include Lisa Blake, Lila Hilgeford and Jo Anne Layman, and singers from Ewing include David and Charlotte Parrish.
Tiffany Trump-Humbert and Rolf Humbert of Trump Travel in Bentonville, Arkansas are organizing the 2009 tour. MTCI's previous tours included Vienna, Austria in 1997, Salzburg, Austria in 1999, Italy in 2001, Ireland in 2003, Germany and Switzerland in 2005, and Normandy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands in 2007.