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MNU Choirs Present Winter’s On the Wing Feb. 20

MidAmerica Nazarene University choirs, under the direction of visiting professor Dr. John Leavitt, will present Winter’s On the Wing, a concert featuring music from the Broadway musical The Secret Garden, Moses Hogan's, Old Time Religion and Mac Wilberg's Cindy, on Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Bell Cultural Events Center.

Dr. Leavitt is a composer, conductor, teacher, and church musician, with a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a lifetime member of the American Choral Directors Association and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

As composer and clinician for church and school music literature, Leavitt teaches, lectures, and conducts numerous workshops, festivals, and symposia. He serves as a regular guest conductor on the Mid America Productions Carnegie Hall Concert Series in New York, and has also been featured regularly on the Manhattan Concert Productions Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Series in Washington D.C.

In the Feb. 20 concert, Leavitt will conduct MNU’s Concert Choir which performs a variety of music from Renaissance madrigals to twentieth century popular selections. Heritage Choir, also featured in this concert, is a select ensemble whose members represent a wide range of academic majors. This choir presents well known choral works ranging from historic masterworks to contemporary music. Performing locally and throughout the Midwest, the choir will perform in New York's famous Carnegie Hall during a spring break trip led by Dr. Leavitt in March.

While admission to the concert is free, tickets are required. Call Bell Center Box Office at 971-3636 to reserve tickets.

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