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Lots of chances to hear Men of Music – Midland Daily News



Published 1:24 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017



Men of Music, which started out as the Dow Male Chorus in 1936, has been entertaining audiences for more than 80 years.

“The Men are a group of guys who simply like to sing,” said Grace Marra, director of the group.

While the number of singers varies from year to year — currently there are 55 — some of the men have been participating for quite some time.

“We have about 11 life members, those who have been singing for 30 years,” Marra said. “I believe the longest is 57 years.”

Men of Music will perform its Christmas concert at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Midland. There is no cost to attend and a free-will offering will be collected, with half of the proceeds supporting the Midland Emergency Food Pantry

The group also will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Riverside Senior Center and at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Washington Woods.

“Our Christmas show is ‘Joy! Joy! Joy!'” Marra said. “We sing 20 or so numbers for each concert, all different from the year before. We also keep a standard repertoire of about 10 songs memorized and ready to perform should we be asked.”

Additionally, Men of Music will be a part of “Jingle: A Holiday Extravaganza” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Midland Center for the Arts. Tickets for this show are $16 for adults and $11 for students. New, unwrapped toys will be collected for the Salvation Army toy drive.

Marra started directing Men of Music in 1995. Since then there have been several highlights, including a performance at the Associated Male Choruses of America in Buffalo, N.Y.

“I was privileged to be one of the conductors for the concert,” she said. “Imagine standing in front of 968 men, and waving your arms and getting them to all sing beautifully! What a blast!”

Yet listening to the Men of Music, right here in Midland, also has its own reward.

“I love to hear men sing. I can come to rehearsal, wishing the time would go quickly, because maybe I’m tired, or something, and I stand there. We begin. They start singing, and my heart sings with them. I could do that all night. I love them,” she said.

Men of Music also has a smaller group called the Dirty Dozen, which sings a variety of styles, from straight choral to pop to jazz to hip hop.

The Spring Show will offer an entertaining lineup as well.

“Our Spring Show title is ‘Seasons of Love.’ We are going to sing love songs. Fast, slow and funny, as well as others to keep our audiences engaged,” Marra said. “We will have ‘special guests’ to help introduce our songs. It promises to be a really good show.”

Men interested in joining the group can contact Grace Marra at gracenotes001@gmail.com



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