The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota kicked off its 10th anniversary season with an annual fall fundraiser in October, but it is now preparing for the fall concert series, entitled “Sing All Along De Way: Celebrating the Spiritual.”
The opening performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake. Two more concerts are scheduled for at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham and at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter.
Admission is $10 for adults and seniors, and students age 18 and younger are admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the door at each concert; or at the Brainerd Dispatch, Bethany Bookstore in Baxter, Crosslake Lutheran Church or by contacting Bill Satre, Legacy Chorale manager, at (218) 820-4558 or Bill.Satre@Legacy Chorale.org.
The Nov. 20 concert will feature the Brainerd High School A Capella Choir, under the direction of Brian Stubbs, who will open the performance with three numbers. They will also join The Legacy on two more numbers, as part of The Legacy Chorale High School Outreach Program. The BHS A Capella Choir is the fourth area high school choir to participate in the program since its inception in the fall of 2009. Past high school choirs featured have been from Pillager, Crosby-Ironton and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
Repertoire for “Sing All Along De Way” consists entirely of choral and solo arrangements of African-American spirituals. Audiences will hear such well-known favorites as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “All My Trials,” “Great Day,” “ I Got Shoes,” the gospel tune “City Called Heaven,” sorrow songs like “Sometimes I Fell Like a Motherless Child,” and “My Lord, What a Mornin’,” and the praise songs “Goin’ Up to Glory” and “Music Down in My Soul.” Several chorale members will be featured as soloists, and the group will be accompanied by their in-house pianist, Laura Raedeke of Nisswa.
Now in its 10th anniversary season, the Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota is a non-profit organization created by artistic director Sarah Aamot in the fall of 2001. The group’s mission is “to ensure the legacy of excellence in choral music in the greater Minnesota area while enriching, inspiring and renewing the communities in which we live.”
Currently there are 67 singers in the Legacy Chorale representing 15 greater Minnesota communities: Aitkin, Baxter, Brainerd, Breezy Point, Crosby, Crosslake, Deerwood, East Gull Lake, Garrison, Hackensack, Little Falls, Merrifield, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Pillager. The Legacy Chorale has held performances in Brainerd, Baxter, Little Falls, Fergus Falls, Wadena, Longville, St. Cloud, Deerwood, Aitkin, Crosby, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, Staples, White Bear Lake, Willmar, Perham, Walker and Moose Lake.
For more information about the Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota visit its website at www.LegacyChorale.org.