Malvern Men’s Chorus turned Gospel Choir?

Phil Daubney

Upcoming performance promises a lively take on songs of the Mass

Gospel Mass Poster
Gospel Mass Poster

Do you remember that catchy song “Lamb of God” from the Living Stations that you can’t get out of your head? Well did you know it was part of something bigger than just Stations?

On Sunday March 30, The Malvern Men’s Chorus and Notre Dame’s Women’s Chorale will be performing a rendition of Robert Ray’s, Gospel Mass.  This musical score contains the traditional gospel feel with traces of rock. Five components of the mass: Kyrie, Credo, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, are set to a full vocal score and a full instrumental accompaniment.

The Malvern Men’s Chorus and the Notre Dame Women’s Chorale have been meeting weekly to rehearse the music with eagerness and excitement. The Malvern and Notre Dame seniors split the soloist sections of each song, featuring Malvern seniors Anthony Abron, Max McClatchy, Greg Miller, and Luke Sorenson.

Conducted by Malvern’s own Mr. Ed Liga, and featuring Notre Dame’s music director, Mrs. Lindsay Miller, on piano, the performance captures the themes and values of the traditional Catholic Mass, while setting the mass parts to fun and upbeat music.

The Malvern guys will also be performing a two song repertoire, consisting of Billy Joel’s The Longest Time and Too Much Heaven by the Bee Gees.  The entire show lasts about an hour and the choirs promise to keep you engaged the entire time. If you’re interested in seeing the Mass completely translated to music, then come to the Gospel Mass on Sunday, March 30th, in the Duffy Arts Center.

A preview from March 28: