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Mastersingers to perform at NFM Messiah Lutheran Church

February 21, 2014
By Chuck Ballaro ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers will bring an 18-member chamber chorus that performs folk and jazz standards from some of the world's greatest composers to perform at North Fort Myers Messiah Lutheran Church Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m.

The program includes madrigals, folk songs and jazz standards from composers such as Renaissance master Joquin des Prez, Hungarian composer Bela Bartok and American great Cole Porter.

Everett Murch, public relations director for the Mastersingers, said the full group of about 80 members has performed at the church in the past, but when the group expanded and got too big for the church, it had to send a smaller group to play, hence the chamber chorus.

Selections are expected to include "El Grillo" by des Prez, four Slavic Folk songs by Bartok, Porter's "You Do Something to Me," Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana and "Danny Boy," among many others.

"The Mastersingers play a lot of classical music. It's a wonderful group that's been in existence for 13 years," Murch said.

Jill Janda-Kanner, president and singer, said the chamber group is a more elite group. Just don't expect to hear much in the way of Broadway or modern-day hits.

"There will be a patriotic section that will include the armed forces songs, and a few jazz standards," Kanner said. "We also do contemporary classical. One of our current composers is a professor at FGCU, Jason Bahr."

Bahr was commissioned to compose a piece for the group's Christmas show, Janda-Kanner said.

A $12 donation per person is requested. The Master-singers' performances are sponsored by Lat Foundation of Sanibel.

"We are looking forward to a packed house and we'll have music everyone will appreciate," Janda-Kanner said.

The Mastersingers, founded in 2001, is an ensemble of singers dedicated to the performance of significant choral works by Bach, Mozart and other classical era composers, as well as innovative programs, according to its Website.

North Fort Myers Lutheran Church is at 2691 Pine Island Road near the Cape Coral city line. For more information, contact Murch at 561-3717 or e-mail him at



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