The all male chorus Measure for Measure will be taking the Tibbits stage, Saturday, September 17, as this year’s musical guest for the 16th Annual Smith Memorial Benefit Concert.
Conducted by the President of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, Steven Lorenz, with piano accompaniment by the pianist for the Ann Arbor Korean Assembly of God, Seohyun You, this year’s guest will be the Ann Arbor based men’s choir Measure for Measure. Founded in 1988 by University of Michigan Glee Club Alumni, Measure for Measure has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe in addition to performing charity concerts for such organizations as Hope Clinic, Dawn Farm and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in their past 28 seasons.
The Kitchener Record of Ontario says, “ . . . the big, full sound of Measure for Measure and the precision of their canonic entries left no doubt that this is a choir to be reckoned with. . . modern voicing’s, tight tone clusters, a perfect a cappella section and a rhapsodic accompaniment, with razor-edge intonation and interpretation - it was a flawless performance.”
Twenty-five years after losing her husband and two sons in a tragic accident, Ruth Smith along with her daughter Diane Smith- Pridgeon, decided they wanted to do something to give back to the community who had been so supportive in their family’s time of need. Remembering the impact music education had on their family, Ruth and Diane decided a concert would be the best way to do this, while also being a fitting tribute to their loved ones. In the past Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, The Presbyterian Health Clinic, Hospice of Branch County and Tibbits are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from this event. After her passing, Ruth’s family added her name to the list of those the family wanted to honor.
“Branch County is a rural area; a place where people know each other and care. To continue the legacy our family instilled in us of faith, family, friends, we share this concert for all of Branch County to affirm the same. It’s a celebration of life, love and God’s gift of music.” expressed Pridgeon.
The Measure for Measure performance will start at 7pm at Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett Street, Coldwater MI 49036. Tickets will be $25.00 for adults, $10.00 for students and are available online at Tibbits.org. You may also purchase tickets at the Tibbits Administrative Offices located at 93 W. Chicago Street, Coldwater MI, 49036, open 9am to 5pm on weekdays. For more information call 517-278-6029 or visit Tibbits.org.