Two Columbia music groups to perform at Missouri Theatre

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 1:57 p.m. CST; updated 7:26 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 12, 2009

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Civic Orchestra and Columbia College’s Jane Froman Singers are performing this Sunday in preparation for their spring tour of Austria.

The groups will perform four selections planned for their combined Spring Break tour.  Their visit to Austria, which will take place March 21-29, commemorates the 200th anniversary of Joseph Haydn’s death.

If you go

What: Columbia Civic Orchestra Concert with the Jane Froman Singers

When:  4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15

Where:  Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, 203 S. Ninth St.

Admission:  All tickets $10. Call 875-0600 or go to

Nollie Moore, director of the Jane Froman Singers, sees this performance as “an opportunity for us to get a good concert run-through before the trip.”

Stefan Freund, director of the Columbia Civic Orchestra, said the concert will be a “great representation of our orchestra and the Jane Froman Singers.” The groups will perform “a real menagerie of music,” Freund said, including Mozart’s “Jupiter” symphony and Haydn’s “Missa Brevis.”

The Jane Froman Singers is named after a Columbia College alumna and Columbia native who sang and acted on film and television. The group is made up of 35-40 members who focus on cultivating a classical repertoire.

The choir travels extensively, and Moore has accompanied the ensemble to Carnegie Hall in New York City, Scotland, England, Montreal and China. The group was one of the six choirs chosen to represent the United States at the Beijing International Choir Festival in 2007.

Moore counts the China trip as his favorite “for all the obvious reasons. That was certainly the trip of a lifetime.”

The Columbia Civic Orchestra and Jane Froman Singers are both volunteer organizations. Moore said there are no music majors among them.

“Both groups are really made up of people who love music and want to be making music as part of their experience,” he said.

Freund said the exciting part of the ensemble is that the orchestra is composed of “just normal citizens in Columbia, not professional musicians. It’s really the people in your neighborhood coming together to make music just for the love of music.”

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