The Metropolitan Chorale and Habitat for Humanity are teaming together to raise money for an area Habitat home.

The Metropolitan Chorale and Habitat for Humanity are teaming together to raise money for an area Habitat home.

The fifth annual “Hardhats for Habitat” show will feature performances by Central Standard, a barbershop-style group, and Dick Wilson, of 94.9 KCMO, who will play the show’s narrator, Mark Twain. Over the last four years, more than $15,000 has been raised and donated to Habitat for Humanity through the chorale’s performances.

The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit.

The “Hardhats for Habitat” performance will be the last of the season for the Metropolitan Chorale.

“This will not be a corny Americana-apple-pie-event,” said Rebecca Johnson, conductor for the Metropolitan Chorale. “I just wanted to do something more edgy.”

The chorale includes approximately 60 musicians from throughout the Kansas City area. While students in the Metropolitan Community College system have the opportunity to audition for the performance group every semester, the chorale is largely made up of community members. There are also two small ensembles made up of members from the chorale including a pop group and a chamber music group. The chorale is based at MCC-Blue River.

In addition to the musical selections performed by Central Standard, the MCC-Blue River show choir Vox Luminese as well as other “breakout groups” from the Independence community college will perform. Vox Luminese is a 12-member group that sings chorale music from the Renaissance period.

“The arts programs at MCC-Blue River have been dedicated to service learning for several years, so we are constantly searching for ways to serve the surrounding community,” Johnson said. “The fundraising success of the choir is due foremost to the quality of the performance.”

The Metropolitan Chorale has performed throughout the United States, including with the San Diego Symphony and at the Missouri Music Educators Convention. The group also had the opportunity to perform in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2006.

For more information on the Metropolitan Chorale, visit its website at mcckc.edu/blueriver/humanities/music/index.html.