AITKIN - The five choirs and large ensembles from Aitkin High School will present their annual Classics Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the school auditorium.
Admission is free.
Conductors are Bryan Johnson and Kelly Blake and the guest conductor and clinician is Matthew Faeber from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
The Madrigal Singers will open with "Sweet Nymphs That Trip Along" by Thomas Greaves, "O Bella Fusa" (sung in Italian) by Orlando di Lasso, "They All Laugh" by Alan Hovhaness and a jazz arrangement by Ruth Artman of "Blue Moon," composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Kelsey Klucas will play a short trumpet solo.
John Mueller will perform as Buddy Holly at the Winter Dance Party of 1959, scheduled Feb. 18 at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
The Fists of Fury Handbell Choir will present an arrangement by Kevin McChesney of "Surprise Symphony" by Joseph Haydn and an arrangement by Michael Keller of Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King."
The Freshmen Mixed Choir will perform "Gaudeamus!" (sung in Latin) by Mary Lynn Lightfoot, with piano accompaniment by Emma Reeves; "Go 'Way From My Window" by John Jacob Niles, with flute accompaniment by Elsa Roque; and a folk song from Lesotho called "Tina Singu" (sung in the original language), arranged by Lana Walter.
The Treble Choir, accompanied by Becky Klingelhofer, will perform "Musica Dei" (sung in Latin) by Cristi Cary Miller, "Heart, We Will Forget Him" by Laura Farnell with lyrics by Emily Dickinson, "There Is Sweet Music Here" by Mary Lynn Lightfoot with words by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and an arrangement by Vijay Singh of the American folk song "Reuben, Reuben."
The Concert Choir, accompanied by Marlene Turner, will perform "Sanctus" (sung in Latin) by Bach; "Oy, polna korobushka" (sung in Russian), a folk song arranged by Shvedoff; "El cielo canta alegria!" (sung in Spanish) by Argentinian composer Pablo Sosa with arrangement for mixed voices by Roger Bergs; "I Hear a Voice A-Prayin'" by Houston Bright; "If Music Be the Food of Love" by David Dickau, a professor at Minnesota State University-Mankato; and "Wana Baraka," an arrangement by Shawn Kirchner of a folk song from Kenya.
Students playing percussion will include Dan Grulke, Justin Hanson, Coty Kremer, Emily Mehr, Sarah Novak and DuVaughn Schroeder.
Casino to party like it's 1959
ONAMIA - John Mueller will present his Winter Dance Party of 1959 at 1 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia.
Tickets, priced at $10, are available at the casino box office or through Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Since 1999, this tribute concert has recreated the original tour of 1959 that was tragically to be the last ever for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.
The concert features over two hours of rockabilly hits from Mueller as Holly, Ray Anthony as Valens, and special guest Jay P. Richardson, the Big Bopper's son. The show features the hit songs such as "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue" and "Chantilly Lace."
Chubby Checker will perform in March.
Chubby Checker to perform at casino
ONAMIA - Chubby Checker and the Wildcats will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 1-2 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events & Convention Center north of Onamia.
Tickets, priced at $17 and $24, are available at the casino box office or through Ticketmaster at (651) 989-5151 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Checker scored his first hit when "The Class" reached No. 38 on the Billboard charts in 1959. His success continued that year when he recorded Hank Ballard's "The Twist." Checker's dance version went to No. 1.
Checker has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, which places him at No. 56 in all-time record sales.
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