AITKIN -- At 7 p.m. Sunday, the Aitkin High School vocal department will present its annual Classics Concert.
Guests will include the Aitkin Community Choir and Janell Lemire, harpist with the Duluth Symphony. This free performance will be held in the high school auditorium.
Opening the concert will be the Madrigal Singers, a select group of 12 students from the Concert Choir. They will perform the 18th century English madrigal, "My Bonnie Lass She Smileth;" a French folk song sung in the original language, "Lautrier Priay De Danser;" a Shaker song called "Bow Down Low;" and another English madrigal titled "All Creatures Now Are Merry Minded."
The Freshman Choir will sing three selections: "Laudate Dominum," sung in Latin; "This Is The Day," which will feature a baritone solo by Jared Shanholtzer; and a medley of spirituals called "Heaven Bound Light of Mine," which will begin with a solo performed by Bethany Beck. The middle song also will include a student pianist, Amy Duffy, and student flute players, Kala Cloose and Dana Nelson.
The third choral group will be the Treble Choir, which will perform "Pie Jesu," sung in Latin; "Simple Gifts/Pachelbel's Canon," with flute accompaniment; "Shoshone Love Song," which was written with traditional native American lyrics and a flute counter-melody; and "Dancing and Singing," which will feature two flutes and a hand drum. Elizabeth Gruhlke will play the first two flute accompaniments. Laura Fiske and Lisa VonBargen will perform the flute duet, and Angela Visnovec will play the hand drum.
The Concert Choir will perform "Singet dem Herrn," composed by Johann Pachelbel for double choir and sung in German; "Ave Maria" by Sergi Rachmaninoff, in Latin; a Brahms motet with the English title, "O Savior, Throw the Heavens Wide;" an arrangement of the Scottish folk tune, "Loch Lomand," which will include two soprano soloists, Katie Chenevert and Holly Thompson; and "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit," which will feature a baritone solo by Trent Pearson.
Programmed between the choirs will be two handbell choirs directed by Kelly Blake. Each group will perform two selections: "The Fifers" by Francois d*Andrieu, "A Joyful Rhythm" by Kevin McChesney, "Sonatina No. 1" by Michael Helman and "Jubilance" by K. McChesney.
The Concert Choir will join the Community Choir for several numbers. All treble voices, both student and adult, will sing "How Can I keep From Singing?" by Neil Ginsberg. The tenors and basses will combine for the spiritual, "Goin' Up to Glory" by Andre J. Thomas. All singers from the Concert Choir and Community Choir will combine to perform "A Ceremony of Carols" by Benjamin Britten. The accompaniment will be harp, performed by Janell Lemire from Duluth.
The concluding number will be an a cappella performance of "Wake, Awake" by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf Choir.
Directors for this concert will be Bryan Johnson and Kelly Blake. The accompanist for several of the groups will be Becky Klingelhofer.
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