Choir students to perform at “Pops and Pasta” event

By Natalie Spivey

March 26, 2012

Missouri Western choir students will sing in this year’s “Pops and Pasta” event.

The annual benefit will be held Mar 31 at St. Francis Xavier Church Parish Center and will begin at 5:30 and run about an hour and a half. Seven choirs from the university and community are singing during the event. The benefit involves a spaghetti dinner and music performed by the choirs.

Dr. David Benz, director of choral activities, said the event is “an evening of delicious music.”

Every current choir student from the college should be participating in the event. Songs being performed are mainly pop and jazz music. Each choir performs two songs and has different pieces to sing.

Before the benefit begins, Kathleen Holeman, director of vocal and piano jazz, and Bob Long, director of jazz studies and coordinator of woodwinds, will be performing as the other choirs set up. According to Holeman, in between other choirs setting up she will be performing and singing.

Each guest needs to purchase a $20 ticket to attend. Tickets are available through the university’s music office. The proceeds from ticket sales and donations go towards scholarships for choir students.

Not just the music students are excited for “Pop’s and Pasta” but the directors are eager for the event as well.

“I love it! Holeman said. “This is right up my alley because my focus is jazz and pop. I wholeheartedly get into this event, and of course it is a wonderful benefit for the local scholarship.”

Sophomore music technology major Brent Isom feels that this event should ultimately be a good turnout.

“It’s a good event because it’s one we get to enjoy a lot of what’s going on, along with the people who are actually there,” he said.

“The students like it,” Holeman said.  ”My group does jazz and pop all the time, some of these groups do much more serious literature and I’m sure it’s a welcome change, just to have a variety.”

According to Benz, people give donations and support to their events.

“Often time’s people do give donations; people are very supportive of many things at the university which is great.”

Benz hopes this year is another full house. The center holds roughly 225 guests. He said he always appreciates the people that come out to support the singers and the program.