The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota has been preparing for concerts in Brainerd, Little Falls and St. Cloud the last weekend in March.
The 49-voice choir consists of singers from 14 communities.
The chorale will perform 3 p.m. March 29 at the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Franciscan Sisters Convent in Little Falls; 7:30 p.m. March 29 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd; and 3 p.m. March 30 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.
Admission for the Brainerd concert is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students age 18 and under. Tickets for the Brainerd concert can be purchased at The Brainerd Dispatch, Crossing Arts Center, Bridge of Harmony or from any chorale member.
A reception will follow the Brainerd concert.
A freewill donation will be taken at the concerts in Little Falls and St. Cloud.
The concerts will be recorded, so it is suggested small children and infants not attend.
The repertoire for the chorale's spring program, titled "There is Sweet Music Here," represents many eras and styles of choral music, from early Renaissance to 20th century to folk songs and African-American spirituals.
The program will begin with Felix Mendelssohn's "Heilig" and will move through other early music standards, including "Die mit Trnen sen," "Cantate Domino" and "Beati Quorum Via."
Highlights of the program will be the four-part women's piece "Echo," performed with cello accompaniment by Scott Lykins, a junior at Brainerd High School, where he is a member of the orchestra; Daniel Gawthrop's "Sing Me to Heaven" for six-part men's chorus; and Samuel Barber's trilogy titled "Reincarnations."
The Legacy Chorale will end all of its programs with a set of folk songs and spirituals. The spring program will include favorites such as "Loch Lomond," "Down in the River to Pray," "Let Me Fly" and "Ain'-a That Good News."
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota is a non-profit organization created by artistic director Sarah Aamot-Lundin 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."
Aamot-Lundin, who has directed choirs for the Brainerd School District, drives weekly from Cottage Grove for rehearsals in Brainerd.
Chorale members are as follows:
Christa Anderson, Steve Bardolph, Tina Bonsell, Jody Crowe, Sandy Erickson, Carol Galstad, Mark Gray, Jim Hanson, Steve Hobson, Charles Johnson, Sue Johnson, Grace Jones, Paul Kath, Carolyn Macy, Bob Nibbe, Julie Steiff and Kimm Thorson, all of Brainerd; Scott Bachman, Lynda Erickson, Jane Makey, Bob Nelson, Shari Nelson, Eric Nelson, Jennifer Pedersen, Jennifer Pelowski, David Pelowski, Mike Smith, Carol Smith, Marilyn Tepley, Bob Brekken, Andrea Stenberg and Steve Schaitberger, all of Baxter; Julie Christensen of Aitkin; Nancy Waller of Breezy Point; Kate Davis and Andrea Frank, both of Pequot Lakes; Marilyn Moses Foss and Deborah Jacobs, both of Nisswa; Rob Freelove, Steve Mick, Anne Freelove and Stan Wielinski, all of Little Falls; Marcus Aulie of Ironton; Wayne Ellingsen of Deerwood; Mike Lundin of Cottage Grove; Kristi Hegrenes of Maple Grove; Shaunna Talcott and Sharon Taute, both of Merrifield; and Sheri Drown of Backus.
For more information about the Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota, contact Bob Nelson (chorale manager) at 888-899-6034, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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