A cappella quartet Tonic Sol-fa will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Educational Services Building, in Brainerd.
Tickets, priced at $18, are available at the Dispatch, Cub Foods and Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity and at www.tonicsolfa.com.
In its decade as a touring group, Tonic Sol-fa - described as "a vocal kaleidoscope" by the New York Times - has earned original song and album awards in the pop, gospel and holiday genres and appeared on NBC's "Today Show." The group has performed with Jay Leno, Shawn Colvin, Lonestar and Garrison Keillor.
In 2000, the quartet was voted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame. In 2006, Tonic Sol-fa's first public TV Christmas special was broadcast to more than 1,800 stations across the United States.
The show is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Proceeds benefit Thrivent Builds Brainerd and the Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.
AHS Pop Concert slated
AITKIN - Aitkin High School's annual Pop Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the school auditorium.
Admission is $2.
The program will include the Fists of Fury Handbell Choir, the Ninth Grade Choir, soloists, ensembles and the Concert Choir. Kelly Blake will direct, and Becky Klingelhofer, Emma Reeves and Steven Kurtz will accompany.
The Fists of Fury Handbell Choir will perform a medley from "Beauty and the Beast," "Colors of the Wind," "Pocahontas" and "Canticle for a Festive Day."
The Ninth Grade Choir will sing "Gonna Rise Up Singing," "I Swear" (All For One), "Hey Good Lookin'" (Hank Williams), "The River" (Garth Brooks) and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," choreographed by 2002 AHS graduate Anna Gorecky.
Singers who received a superior rating at the vocal contest will perform their pop song favorites. Soloists include Molly Burman, Nerissa Klingelhofer, Brittny Brown, Katie Lawson, Kaisa Anderson, Ken Math and Kelly Nelson.
Singers in ensembles include Heidi Klingelhofer, Abi Nadeau, Jenna Kuiken, Arika Fairchild, Aslyn Blake, Greta Goble, Sonia Ellison, Danica Karli, Alicia Panchyshyn, Kaisa Anderson, Katie Lawson, Sarah Novak, Jase Hegman, Tom Chute, Kyle Hoffman, James Salmonson, Ken Math, Brittany Bordwell, Nerissa Klingelhofer and Amber Herron.
The AHS Concert Choir will perform "Home" (Chris Daughtry), "Never Had a Dream Come True," "You Raise Me Up" and a medley from "Hairspray," choreographed by Jordan Hattemer.
CLC band, singers to perform May 13
The Central Lakes College Music Department will present "Music with Some Spring in It" at 7:30 p.m. May 13 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
Admission is $3 for the public and free for CLC students and children younger than 12. A reception with refreshments will follow in the new music rehearsal hall.
The Concert Band will give the first performance of "Exploration for Wind Band and Choir" by Russell Holsapple, a Pillager native and CLC alumnus who scores films in California.
The band will also premier "Variations for Piano and Wind Ensemble" by Brainerd's Jeff Liebsch, a trumpet player in the CLC Community Band. Amber Tappe, Pequot Lakes, will be featured on piano.
The Jazz Ensemble will perform "Chicago 1926," a medley arranged by CLC instrumental music instructor Steve Anderson.
Singing groups will include the Men's Ensemble, Women's Ensemble and Chamber Singers under the direction of Michelle Sakry-Winkelman. Soloists will be Kelly Swofford, Pequot Lakes; Janaya Johnson, Little Falls; Gabe Franz, Cottage Grove; Ryan Crosby, Montevideo; and Abbey Olmsted, Brainerd.
For more information, contact Anderson at 855-8215.
LarFest scheduled May 17
LarFest, featuring regional and area bands, will be from noon-midnight May 17 at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd.
Admission is $5, with proceeds going to the Brainerd Food Shelf.
Bands will include Sunshine Behavior, The District, Andy Fischer, Wind May Rise Up at the Sound of Birds, Forever in Eden, Not a Band, Stoked Beyond Boredom, Birthday Pony and Sunken Ship Irony.
For more information, call (218) 232-3121.
Battle of the Bands registration open
The annual Youth as Resources Battle of the Bands, scheduled from 4-11 p.m. July 2 at Adamson Field in Brainerd, is now accepting registrations.
For an application, call YAR at 829-5278, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.brainerdcommunityaction.org.
The fee is $50 per band. Members must be 20 or younger. Twelve bands will compete for prizes of $350 (first place), $200 (second) and $150 (third). There will be a $50 prize drawing among bands that register by June 1. Performance order will be the reverse order of registration.
Checks are payable to Youth As Resources, 213 S. Fifth St., Brainerd, MN, 56401.
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