Saturday, January 5, 2013

Wichita State University "Complaints Choir"

What are you complaining about? Cell phones and bosses? Bad drivers and crummy weather? In summer and fall 2011, the Ulrich Museum asked Wichitans to vent, whine, and get things off their chests. An array of those gripes, crafted from several hundred submissions, was set to a clever musical score by Tom Wine, Wichita State University’s director of choirs, and performed by the WSU Madrigal Singers. These vocalists presented a humorous medley of moaning throughout the spring semester, with performances that included a WSU baseball game, the annual Wichita Gridiron comedy show, and outside on the lawn of WSU’s Rhatigan Student Center. Wichita Complaints Choir was inspired by Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, who have organized cathartic choirs of complainers around the world.

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