Founders Series Presents
Measure for Measure
United Church of Christ, Midland Founders Series presents a program by Measure for Measure on December 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will feature seasonal holiday songs. A Founders Series Concert offering will be collected at the end of the program.
History of Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure is an eighty-five voice men’s choir based in the Ann Arbor area. The choir was founded in 1988 by five University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club alumni, in an effort to provide an opportunity for men to perform music composed and arranged for male chorus. Under the leadership of its founding conductor, Dr. Leonard L. Riccinto, Measure for Measure debuted in April 1989. Since then, the ensemble has grown more than fourfold, with members from throughout southeast Michigan.
Measure for Measure’s efforts to promote male choral singing have led to performances throughout Michigan, the United States, Canada, and Europe. Measure for Measure has been a featured performer at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, and the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc. Measure for Measure has also collaborated with the Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Oakland, Plymouth, Rochester, and Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestras, and soloists Ara Berberian, Glenda Kirkland, and Jennifer Larson. The men of Measure for Measure embrace the belief that singing is for a lifetime. Every season they conduct concerts and activities that encourage young vocal ensembles.
Over the past twenty-eight seasons, Measure for Measure has performed benefit concerts for charitable organizations including Dawn Farm, Hope Clinic, United Way, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Pontiac, Mott’s Children’s Hospital, Save-A-Heart Foundation, Saline Area Social Services, Memory Support Center at Brecon Village, the Livingston Arts Council, Branch United Youth Choir and Eastern Michigan University.
Measure for Measure has produced eight recordings, including: Discover Measure for Measure (1988), Measure for Measure at Orchestra Hall (1995), 10th Anniversary – A Celebration in Song (1998), A Celebration of Christmas (2000), A Measure of American Songs (2003), Plenty Good Room (2009), Silver Anniversary – 25 Years of Song (2013), and Shout Glory! (2014).