Marquette Choral Society is a mixed chorus composed of members of the community of Marquette, Michigan and its surrounding area and of students at Northern Michigan University. It was founded in 1971. Marquette Choral Society performs two major concerts per year, one in December and the other in April. Over the years, it has focused much of its attention on the large works of the choral repertoire including the oratorios of Handel, Bach, and Haydn, masses by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, etc.
The Marquette Choral Society will present its spring concert, "Baroque and Beyond", on April 23 and 24 at Reynolds Recital Hall.
The centerpiece of this concert, conducted by NMU Director of Choirs Erin Colwitz, will be George Frederick Handel's "Let God Arise", featuring solos, quartets, instrumental passages, and choruses recalling the famous "Messiah". The chamber orchestra, composed of local instrumentalists, will include the baroque sounds of the oboe, bassoon, and violin. The choir will also perform Henry Purcell's haunting "Hear My Prayer, O Lord" in 8-part harmony. Stepping "Beyond" the "Baroque," Dr. Colwitz's choir will present German composer Max Reger’s "Acht Geistliche Gesange (Eight Sacred Songs)." Intertwined voices sing a capella (without instruments), highlighting the purity of the harmonics. The concert will be concluded with a lighthearted musical romp: the satirical "Liebeslieder Polkas" by Peter Schickele, writing under the pen name "P.D.Q. Bach."
"Baroque and Beyond" will be presented twice, on Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 24, at 3:00 p.m., at Reynolds Recital Hall in the CB Hedgecock Building on the NMU campus. General admission tickets are $10 (students and children: $5), and are available at all NMU ticket outlets.
Dates of Spring Concert
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.- Dress Rehearsal
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Help Support the Marquette Choral Society
There are two ways to give to the Marquette Choral Society:
Use this link to download and print a form that you can use to mail in a check to the NMU Foundation to support the Choral Society.
- Use the NMU Foundation site from which you can make a contribution that will be charged to your credit card.
If you choose the second option, when you get to that page, enter "other" from the pull down menu as the designation and fill in "Marquette Choral Society" in the field that follows. Use the "comment or special instructions" field to tell us how you would like to be listed in the program and how many tickets you would like for each concert.
News and Information
The Marquette Choral Society will be discussing changes to its bylaws at the annual fall meeting. See the proposed, revised bylaws.