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February/March 2010

In This Issue

  • Premiere of 'Tis of Michigan We Sing This Sunday!
  • MGC Releases 150th Anniversary CD
  • Silent Auction Planned for 150th
  • Men's Glee Club Takes Mt. Clemens, Dayton, and Cincinnati By Storm!

'Tis of Michigan We Sing World Premiere!

This Sunday marks the World Premiere of the DVD Documentary 'Tis of Michigan We Sing.Through the amazing work of Jamie Turner (Baritone/Bass '75-'78) and many others, this documentary presents a thrilling history of the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club from its beginnings in 1859 till the present. Whether you were in the Club during the Duey years or have just recently graduated from the University of Michigan we invite you to join us for the unveiling of this remarkable work. The showing will take place at 6:00 pm in Auditorium 4 of the Modern Languages Building on U of M's campus. Help us kickoff the road to the 150th celebration with this event on Sunday.

Michigan Remember: A Sneak Preview of the 150th Greatest Hits CD

Director Paul Rardin Iíve been delighted to note that many of you have pre-ordered the 3-pack of commemorative 150th merchandise. Our first-ever DVD, our first songbook since 1967, and our most recent CD make for a remarkable collection of memories in sound, photos, and words. If you havenít yet done so, order yours today!

As editor of Michigan Remember: University of Michigan Menís Glee Clubís Greatest Hits, I have thoroughly enjoyed tracing the lineage of MGC recordings from the earliest example we have in our possession (1950) to our most recent (2009). Selecting representative pieces from all generations of Glee Clubbers during this time period, and distilling these down into a single compact disc, was both a great challenge and a great joy. While I heard differences in sound from generation to generation, I also heard many common denominators:

Warmth. Richness. Energy. Precision. Passion.

And just as these attributes bring unity to a diversity of ensemble sounds, the goal of musical excellence brings unity to a highly diverse collection of tunes. From English Baroque to Scottish Loch, from French psalm to Ghanaian dance, from German tavern to American campground, the Menís Glee Club continues to present music of many different times, places, and traditions.

You can view the entire track listing at http://ummgc.org/alumni/eLaudes/150playlist.php. I look forward to seeing a great many of you in April!

Silent Auction planned for 150th Weekend

The Glee Club's first-ever Silent Auction of memorabilia, collectibles, and unique experiences will take place during the Friday night banquet of the 150th Anniversary Reunion. The auction will take place in the League during cocktail hour and dinner. Items up for auction include two tickets in the Presidential Box for the 2010 Football Season opening game against UConn, a Camp Michigania winter breakaway for four, a personal serenade by the Friars, autographed Michigan Athletics memorabilia, classic Glee Club memorabilia, weekend packages for future Glee Club concerts including lodging, dinner, and concert tickets, and many more unique items and experiences.

Ben Rizzo, Business Manager

Winter Tour Recap

The Men's Glee Club has just returned from an extended Winter Tour that included stops in Mt. Clemens, Dayton, OH, and a special stop in Cincinnati, OH for the American Choral Directors Association Conference.

On Friday, February 19, nearly 100 members of The Glee Club boarded two large coaches. Professor Rardin, always ready to lend a hand, drove the 10-foot truck that carried the timpani. We trekked over to the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Clemens as part of the church's Fine Arts Series. The church was filled with fans, young and old, who enjoyed the Glee Club's renditions of "Hol' You Hand" and "Wonderful".

The next morning we departed for Dayton, OH. With time to spare once arriving in Dayton, many Clubbers were fortunate enough to visit the National Air Force Museum. Seeing the relics of wars past instilled a sense of patriotism in all those present, and it's an experience I'm sure we'll never forget. The evening, we performed in the beautiful Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dayton. Such pieces as "Lowlands" and "Spaseniye sodelal" take on special meaning when sung in such reverberant spaces, and the Glee Club was thrilled to have the opportunity to perform them.

Finally, we made our way to Cincinnati, OH for the American Choral Directors Association Conference. Our 20-minute set included such favorites as "A Stopwatch and an Ordinance Map" (featuring timpani), "Jonah's Song", and William Bolcom's "Searchlight Soul", commissioned by The Glee Club just last fall. Former Glee Club director and current Director of Choirs at the University of Michigan, Jerry Blackstone, was in the audience for this remarkable performance. Nils Klykken, former Glee Club president, was also on hand. "I loved the repertoire selection," said Klykken, "and The Club sounded fantastic!"

After returning from Cincinnati, Clubbers were happy to have a chance to study and relax over Spring Break.

Daniel Pesick, Operations Manager